NGO advocates investment in education, food security

Mr. Jonathan Duffy, the president of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has advocated substantial investment in food security and education in Ghana.

According to him, investment in those areas was the surest way to improve the nutrition of the people and provide vocational and employable skills to them.

Mr. Duffy, who is on a one week visit to Ghana, made the call in an interview with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, said the NGO was investing in education and food security, because they were areas that posed challenges to the African continent.

He commended ADRA Ghana for the successes it chalked out in the areas of health, food security, microfinance economic and empowerment.

Mr. Duffy said there was the need for ADRA Ghana to lobby for more projects to be implemented in Ghana.

Mr. Duffy said, ADRA an arm of the Adventist Church, was providing relief services to the needy in 139 countries and impacting about 20 million lives yearly.

Dr. William Brown, Country Director, ADRA Ghana, said Mr. Duffy would inspect projects in the Northern and Western regions.

He said one of such projects, situated in the Northern Region and benefitting about 1,500 lives was a partnership between the Church, DANIDA and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa.

Dr Brown said the Relief Agency was collaborating with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide support to Ivorian refugees in the Western Region.

He said since its inception in Ghana in 1983, ADRA had been partnering the government, faith-based organisations international development partners and NGOs to provide relief services to the people irrespective of their religious conviction, ethnicity or geographic locations.

In Ghana, the International Agency had initiated and completed projects in all the ten regions in health, agriculture, economic empowerment and microfinance.

By Malik Sullemana               

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