A study about nutrition has found that inadequate government direct investment in nutrition programming is to blame for childhood malnutrition in the country.

The findings also warns that ‘’unless more investment is made and coordination is improved, progress toward reaching 2025 targets will stall or risk becoming even more off track.’’

The study with the title ‘Landscape Analysis of Nutrition Enabling Environment in Ghana and Nutrition Mapping: Report on Multi-Sectoral Planning and Coordination for Nutrition in Ghana was commissioned by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The study found that even though Ghana is on course to reach the 2025 World Health Assembly targets, it may “not reach its target of reducing the number of children with low birth weight and is also in danger of not meeting the target to reduce childhood wasting (low weight for height).”

The outcome of the study was released on Wednesday at a learning event for stakeholders.

According to a press statement released by the National Development Planning Commission on behalf of its partners, it noted that “currently, Ghana has no system for tracking nutrition expenditure.”

It said, “While some government policies have strong potential to enhance nutrition outcomes across the lifecycle, there needs to be better coordination across Government policies for Ghana to meet its national nutrition goals.”