JAK FOUNDATION NUTRITION
Governments over the years have made attempts to address the challenge of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) 2 on zero hunger and malnutrition, to ensure that the productive capacities of the population is enhanced to develop the nation. The chairman of the Foundation, H.E. John. Agyekum Kufuor is the co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, winner of the World Food Price for Food and Agriculture in 2011, and former WFP Global Ambassador against Hunger. The Foundation is therefore passionate about supporting efforts of government and development partners in the area of nutrition and has carried out a number of incentives in this regard. As part of its support to nutrition, the John A. Kufuor Foundation has carried out a number of interventions since 2015 starting with high level engagement with the government in collaboration with the Global Pane; Review of the status of Development Goal 2; Initiation and inauguration of the Ghana Nutrition Champion; Support to the inter-ministerial Committee on Nutrition and Support to the Ghana Association of Nutritionists and Dietetics. A summary of the specific interventions are indicated below:
Sustainable Development Goal 2: The JAK Foundation partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme, to undertake a nationwide strategic review of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2). The intervention carried out by the Foundation resulted in H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo’s Launch of the Ghana Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report. The report which was launched in July 2017 is intended to form the basis of nutrition interventions in Ghana.
Support to the Nutrition Champion: H.E J.A. Kufuor and H.E. Adesina started an initiative for eminent persons to champion the course of Nutrition. The Foundation facilitated this initiative in Ghana by supporting the Government of Ghana to identify and inaugurate the first lady as nutrition Champion on the 12th December, in collaboration with the AfDB. In attendance was a Director from the AFBD, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Food and Agriculture among others.
Support to Interministerial Committee on Nutrition: The Foundation facilitated an Inter- ministerial meeting with relevant ministries on the 19th of March 2019. The Minister of Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffour convened the meeting with the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo Addo as the special guest of honor. It was attended by Ministries (for Sanitation, Education, Health and Agriculture among others), development partners, nongovernmental organizations and the academia. The Minister of planning presented a “consensus statement”, which was endorsed by all participants to be shared with other Ministry’s and tabled before cabinet. Subsequently, the two co-chairs of Global panel, H.E John A. Kufuor and Prof. Sir. John Beddington wrote to the President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo Addo detailing what transpired at the meeting and the way forward. In order to move the agreements at this meeting forward, a task force hosted by NDPC was set up . The task force is made up of the Office of the First Lady, Ministry of Planning, NDPC, WHO and the John A. Kufuor Foundation. The task force is now active and is started engaging ministries to support the achievement of the SDG2 in Ghana.
Support to Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: The Foundation has also supported the inauguration of Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to ensure that nutrition advocacy is consolidated to make it more effective. The foundation supported GAND to solicit the support of the First Lady of Ghana, H.E Rebecca Akuffo Addo as special guest for the event as well as other logistics like facilitation and venue.