Ms. Corey Huntington, Head of Corporation of the Canadian High Commission in Accra, has said a robust and diverse food supply is an essential part of the health and nutrition response to Covid-19; so is properly defined and enforced national guidelines on food safety critical to Covid-19, and to maintaining health and preventing malnutrition.
She was speaking at the launch of the National Food Safety Guidelines for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). The guidelines are a consolidation of the hitherto scattered ones into a single policy document for ease of reference, regulation and enforcement.
The aim is to protect the environment, improve food safety for public health, ensure access to quality food trade globally and ultimately, contribute to national development.
“As you are aware, food safety is a crucial aspect of the food value chain and attention must be given it to ensure that all members of society, especially children and those who have particular vulnerabilities, consume food that is safe and healthy for their growth and productivity,” Ms. Huntington said.
She spoke about Canada’s financial and technical assistance to Ghana in the development of the Food Safety Guidelines and said it was to create increased national awareness regarding food safety, which will contribute to improved health, increased access to quality food trade, reduction of poverty, enhanced productivity and national development.
Canada’s support for food security, she said, is part of the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) Programme, for which Canada is directly providing $125million to the government of Ghana. It is to help modernise the agriculture sector, which has significant potential for reducing poverty and inequality in Ghana.
It is partly targeted at increasing local agro-manufacturing capacity. This has resulted in increased availability of locally transformed nutritious food. Close to 6,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women have taken advantage of this to help prevent stunting among children.
The MAG Programme has as its main objective, improving the production and productivity of farmers. It intends to achieve this by supporting the implementation of a comprehensive market-oriented approach to farming. It is focused on strengthening and modernising agricultural extension service delivery at the national, regional and district levels.
The initiative operates within the context of the current decentralisation policy in Ghana, hence the role of the Local Government Ministry as a key implementing partner.
The expected outcome of the MAG Programme is a more modern, equitable and sustainable agricultural sector that contributes to food security. At the core of the programme therefore is the issue of food safety and its impact on ensuring food security for the population.
The lead agency for the implementation of the food safety guidelines is the MLGRD, particularly because MMDAs are the focal points for the implementation of these guidelines.
Ms. Huntington emphasised the need to integrate the food safety guidelines into the by-laws of MMDAs across the country, adding “we have come a long way together since Canada first invested in food security and decentralization in Ghana. Each milestone, like today’s launch, moves us closer to our shared goals”.
- Disregard statement declaring Friday, Sept 30 as a holiday – Oyibi Divisional Council
- Danadams Pharmaceuticals and CEO in court over alleged fraud and forgery
- GFA suspends 2022/23 Ghana Premier League over court injunction
- Man arrested for threatening to release nude videos of late brother’s wife
- ‘I’m extremely regretful’ – KiDi apologises for ‘inappropriate and unkind’ old tweets
- T Bills, short-term securities will not be affected by Ghana’s debt restructuring – US-based Associate Professor
- Land acquisition: Here is what you missed on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show
- Pastor jailed for life after planning coup and black genocide
- We will still be a prime supplier of Mercedes-Benz services in Ghana – Silver Star
- Every single day Akufo-Addo remains President, the country drifts into peril – Dr Amoako Baah
- Trevor Noah is leaving ‘The Daily Show’
- Banking sector crisis was not systemic – Alhassan Andani
- Banking Sector Clean-up: We should have allowed institutional disciplines to work – Alhassan Andani
- Banking sector crisis: State institutions must raise red flags at the right time – Alhassan Andani
- GRASAG launches Graduate Research Trust Fund to support scientific and policy-oriented research for national development
- British Airways flight A380 makes technical stop at KIA
- Ghana, Korea $8 million rice project kicks off in Assin North
- ‘Little drops of the Word’ launched to help facilitate Christian children upbringing
- SIM re-registration: National Security has warned Akufo-Addo against blockage – Deputy Minority Chief Whip
- We are engaging ECG to fix anomaly with electricity purchase – PURC
- Chinese employer allegedly slashes throat of Ghanaian employee
- SIM re-registration: “Eat your humble pie” – Sam George tells Ursula Owusu
- NIA called, begged 9 Ghanaians to come for their Ghana Cards after filing complaint in court – Sam George
- Livestream: PM Express discusses the survival of banks in economic crisis
- Mfantsipim Old Boys Association holds annual engagement series