New alliance for food security would accelerate agricultural development -Namoale
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an initiative to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through sustained agricultural growth, was on Wednesday launched in Accra.
Initiated by the G-8 nations, African countries and the Private sector, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a response to many African Countries strong commitment to the promotion and protection of food security and nutrition articulated in multiple settings since 2003.
Nii Amansa Namoale, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, on behalf of the Minister, Mr Kwasi Awhoi, launched the project and said the initiative had been designed to accelerate the implementation of programmes started by African countries themselves to urgently address the twin problems of food security and nutrition in Africa.
He said the issue of food security and nutrition involve many dimensions including food availability, affordability, nutritional quality and safety, access to and cost of finance to farmers, public expenditure in agriculture, research and development, and private sector investment in agriculture.
Nii Namoale said: “The initiative is seen by government as an opportunity to enhance the focus and level of investment and accelerate the implementation of Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan”.