ActionAid Ghana has called on the government to as a matter of urgency address the high rising cost of food products in the country.
The NGO states that the rising price of food has disproportional impacts on people living in poverty, particularly women and children.
In a statement signed and issued by the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, John Nkaw, on Tuesday, June 8, 2022, urged the government to take policy measures to subsidise food accessibility to low-income people, particularly women and children.
It further encouraged the government to increase social protection safety nets and other measures to improve the income of people in urban and rural areas to cope with the increasing food prices.
“Government must invest in building national food reserves to act as buffers and reduce vulnerability to food shortages and price rises,” Mr. Nkaw noted.
He called on the government to scale-up support to smallholder farmers, especially women smallholders and sustainable agroecological approaches to farming, so farmers can improve soil fertility for crop production, without the use of expensive fossil-fuel chemical fertilizers.
Mr. Nkaw also applauded the African Union (AU) for choosing nutrition and food security as its theme for the occasion.
The 2022 African Day was held on the theme: “Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the Africa continent.”
For him, “the theme is significant in addressing malnutrition and improving food security across the continent.”