Stakeholders at a forum organised by Nestlé Ghana Ltd. to mark 2021 World Food Day and two years anniversary of the Live Strong with Iron Campaign have called for a shift towards regenerative food systems.

Making the call in Accra, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, Georgios Badaro said to secure a better future for generations to come, the company needs to go beyond sustainability and transition to a regenerative food system – one that aims to protect and restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and enhance the well-being of farming communities.

“Working with our food system partners, including our network of farmers and suppliers, Nestlé will advance regenerative farming practices at the heart of the food system. Nestlé cannot do it alone, we need to continue to work together with our various expertise for the good of Ghanaians” said Mr Badaro.

Nestle Ghana, stakeholders call for a shift towards regenerative food systems

The World Food Day event was celebrated under the theme “Our actions are our future- better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”, also had stakeholders who shared knowledge on Agri-food systems, Nutrition, Iron Deficiency, and Food fortification as well as food safety.

Mr. Kofi Essel, Head of Food Industrial Services Support Department at the Food and Drugs Authority, emphasized the importance of food safety in ensuring good health and wellbeing of Ghanaians.

He entreated the public to be food safety conscious, and highlighted that “if it is not safe, it is not food”.

Ms. Paulina Addy, President of Women in Agriculture, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, made a call to action and encouraged Ghanaians to venture into home gardening in their homes as this will help them have total control of the crops and their safety.

Speaking on healthy diets, Professor of Nutrition and Public Health Advocate, Matilda Steiner-Asiedu noted that nutritious foods are affordable since the country is endowed with quality agricultural produce.

She encouraged the public to take healthy diets seriously to help prevent malnutrition as it is linked to wellbeing and productivity.

Nestle Ghana, stakeholders call for a shift towards regenerative food systems

In 2019, Nestlé Ghana launched the Live Strong with Iron campaign, an Iron Deficiency Awareness campaign which has reached about 12 million Ghanaians with education through media and community engagement.

Through Nestlé Cocoa Plan and Nestlé Cereals Plan programs, over 20,000 farmers have benefited from capacity building and economic empowerment initiatives in Ghana.



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