The Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana has called on the government to take a relook at its agricultural policies as part of efforts to enhance food production in the country.
According to the Chamber, most of the government’s policies and interventions have not yielded the desired results.
Speaking in an interview with Citi Business News, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Anthony Morrison, said a review of the policies and programmes within the sector would boost the sector.
“It is so sad that as a country we are seemingly facing food insecurity. Now the survey is showing it. Nine regions out of 16. That is a bad record. At a time when the government has spent not less than six billion cedisinto the agriculture sector. And it is also worrying for the fact that we have on countless occasions asked government to increase its budgetary allocation and also redesign agriculture sector projects to influence production and market orientation. But we haven’t seen that,” he said.
Data from the 2022 Annual Household Income and Expenditure Survey has revealed that 49.1 percent of the Ghanaian population was food insecure in the first quarter of the year.
This represents 15.1 million of the 30.8 million persons in Ghana.
The percentage however dropped by seven percentage points to 42.1 percent in the second quarter; 13 million of the total Ghanaian populace.
The prevalence of food insecurity is higher in rural areas than urban areas.
On a regional basis, the Greater Accra Region recorded the lowest food insecurity with a percentage of 27.2 percent, while the Upper East Region saw the highest of 73.7 percent.
In the first quarter of the year, the prevalence of food insecurity in four regions in the northern part of the country; Savannah (58.8 per cent), Upper West (61.8 per cent), North East (65.6 per cent) and Upper East (73.7 per cent) were more than twice that of Greater Accra Region (27.2 per cent).