USAID To Help Ghana Gain Food Security

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has set aside 24 million dollars to implement a five-year programme on food security.

Known as Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), the programme is meant to rebuild Ghana’s marine fisheries stocks and catches, through the adoption of responsible fishing practices.

A statement issued and signed by the Communications Officer of USAID, Patricia Aba Mensah, said the project aims at contributing to government’s fisheries development objectives and USAID’s Feed and Future Initiative goals of improved food security, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

It quoted the manager of USAID’s SFMP Ghana, Dr. Brain Crawford, as saying that the project would reverse the declining trend in fish stocks in the country if successfully implemented.

He said USAID would work with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, to reverse the declining trend in fish stocks.

“With improved management, thousands of metric tons of high-quality, low-cost fish supply can be recovered which will benefit not only thousands of fishermen and women processors, but improving food security for millions of Ghanaians and the sub region,” it said.

The statement said the project sought to contribute to the strengthening of marine and fisheries management at the University of Cape Coast, and coastal spatial planning capacity of districts in the Central and Western regions.

It said the SFMP aims to end the overflowing of some key marine fish stocks like herrings, sardinella and anchovies, which are crucial to local food security.

“This will be done by improving the legal enabling conditions for effective collaborative management of marine resources, use rights and effort-reduction strategies. We will also increase the use of science and applied research to inform decision making, and to rebuild fish stocks as well as implement applied management initiatives for several targeted fisheries ecosystems,” it said.

By Times Reporter   

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