A team from the World Food Programme (WFP) has paid a working visit to Ghana to assess efforts aimed at dealing with malnutrition in the country.
Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan – the WFP’s Special Adviser to Mother and Child Health and Nutrition – led the delegation.
Accompanying her was Paul Kiernan, WFP’s Executive Board Member and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the three Rome-Based food agencies, as well as other officials.
Among others, they paid a courtesy call on former President John Agyekum Kufuor who is also chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation, and First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The meeting also afforded the WFP team the opportunity to discuss with the former president and first lady what the programme is doing to remedy the high numbers of malnourished people.
The two were accompanied by officials of the Foundation including CEO, Prof. Baffour Agyeman – Duah and Nana Ama Aning Oppong – Duah who is Policy Advisor at the foundation.
Peter Musoko, Deputy Regional Director of the WFP, Dakar, Senegal, and Rukia Yacoub, Representative and Country Director, Accra, Ghana; were also part of the delegation.
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor called for intensified efforts on the part of government and other stakeholders to deal with the problem of malnutrition.
He says with over a quarter of children under five in Ghana suffering from malnutrition according to World Food Programme statistics, there is the need for more to be done to tackle the problem.
Mr Kufuor is a former WFP Global Ambassador against Hunger and lead convenor of the Zero Hunger Strategic Review in Ghana.
The Kufuor Foundation is currently implementing various projects to help deal with the problem of malnutrition including the Ghana Zero Hunger Strategic Review Project.