ZERO HUNGER REVIEW REGIONAL STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY SESSIONS
The John A. Kufuor Foundation extended the Zero Hunger Review to the regions and communities following the launch of the nationwide initiative that is supported by the World Food Programme, towards achieving the SGD 2 specifically in Ghana. The regional reviews were focused on stakeholder discussions and recommendations, while the community assessments were targeted at gathering firsthand information about hunger and its causes, effects, and coping strategies from prevalent areas. The regional reviews were facilitated by the Research Team on this project, led by Prof Matilda Asiedu Steiner (Nutritionist). Other members of the Research Team are Prof Saa Dittoh (Food Security Expert), Prof Charity Akotia (Psychologist and Social Protection Specialist), and Dr Sam Newton (Medical Practitioner and Public Health Expert).
The regional meetings were organized in three zones. The Western, Central and Ashanti regions were put in zone 1, and had their workshops at the Hill View Hotel in Cape Coast on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2017.
Zone 2 included the Greater Accra, Volta and the Eastern regions; they had their workshops at the Eastern Premier Hotel in Koforidua from the 4th to the 6th of May 2017.
The third Zone’s workshop was held in Tamale, from the 11th to the 13th of May 2017, where the Northern, Upper West, Upper East and the Brong Ahafo regions were represented. In each of these zones, a minimum of two communities were visited: Nyamebekyere (In Cape Coast); Basare Nkwanta and Osabene (in Koforidua); Kadula and Gazeresheigu (in Tamale). These communities were selected because of incidence of hunger and key lessons that could be learned for the Zero Hunger Review.
Stakeholders who participated in the review were drawn from various sectors, departments and agencies including:
- Ministry of Food and Agriculture
- Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service
- Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
- Ghana Statistical Service
- Local Government Service
- Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
- Academic and Research Institutions
- Community Structures (Youth groups, Women’s groups, Traditional Authorities)
- Farmers’ Associations
- Civil Society Groups/ Non-Governmental Organizations
- Human Right Groups
In all discussions, deliberations and the review, value areas such as food security, agricultural services, nutrition, gender, health, education and awareness creations on pertinent issues, their related policies and implementation featured prominently.
With the results of the regional consultations, the research team will produce a draft report for a national validation, soon to be announced. The discussions so far on the ZHR initiative point to the direction that, stakeholders and communities have made several efforts previously, but these have not been significant to change our situation regarding achieving zero hunger. However, the review report will propose a new strategy and actions for us as a country, to follow and implement towards the attainment of the indicators and targets in the SDG 2.