USAID Honors Fisherfolk For Actions Toward Improved Food Security

USAID/Ghana Private Sector Team Lead Richard Chen awards Theresa Freeman with the title of “Most Outstanding Fisheries Leadership in Fish Processing” at Feed the Future’s awards ceremony to honor those who work to protect Ghana’s fishing industry. Photo credit: Priscilla Addison, USAID/Ghana

USAID/Ghana Private Sector Team Lead Richard Chen awards Theresa Freeman with the title of “Most Outstanding Fisheries Leadership in Fish Processing” at Feed the Future’s awards ceremony to honor those who work to protect Ghana’s fishing industry. Photo credit: Priscilla Addison, USAID/Ghana

 

Accra, GHANA—On March 7, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Ghana’s Fisheries Commission, hosted an awards ceremony at Nungua beach to honor fishing communities and associations for their exemplary work to protect Ghana’s marine ecosystems and fish stocks. The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Honorable Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, and USAID/Ghana Private Sector Team Lead Richard Chen attended and delivered remarks.

A total of18 fishing communities, associations and individuals residing along Ghana’s coastline were rewarded and honored for adopting responsible fishing practices. The awards ceremony aims to recognize women and men who support sustainable post-harvest practices and the preservation of Ghana’s marine ecosystems. SMFP, under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, works to rebuild fish stocks in Ghana and to curb overfishing.

“USAID is committed to working with the Government of Ghana to encourage the adoption of responsible fishing practices to prevent the depletion of Ghana’s fish stocks,” remarked Mr. Chen. “The purpose of this awards program is to spotlight outstanding leadership and dedication among individuals, communities and associations in the fishing sector, demonstrating good fishing management and practice.”

The awards ceremony, which is being held for the first time this year, will be held annually and will celebrate heroes of change in Ghana’s fisheries sector. The awards target institutions, associations, individuals and communities. Over 60 applications were received from Ghana’s four coastal regions. This event was organized by Feed the Future. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to increase the competitiveness of the fisheries, maize, rice and soy value chains to generate economic growth and market opportunities for vulnerable populations.

 

Source: modernghana.com

 

It’s Amazing Ghana’s Agricultural Production is insufficient to feed Ghanaians” -USAID

By: Michael Boateng, Sunyani.

   
The Deputy Mission Director of USAID-Ghana, Steven Hendrix, says it is astonishing to observe that the agricultural production of Ghana is insufficient to feed Ghanaians.

Mr. Hendrix said Ghana can lead the transformational agenda in Africa with Agriculture by doing the right things at the right times.

He revealed that Ghana is a focus country for ‘Feed the Future’, a President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative.

According to Steven Hendrix, since 2014, under the ‘Feed the Future’ initiative more than 1, 200 demonstration sites have been established to train farmers, while hundreds of businesses have been partnered to increase access to improve seed varieties and fertilizes.

Mr. Steven Hendrix disclosed these at the 6th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Event in Sunyani, organized by the USAID and the Ghana Grains Council, which brought together over 1000 farmers, buyers, processors, equipment dealers, transporters, financial institutions and others who work in agriculture and agribusiness.

The event which was under the theme: “Profiting Together” was aimed to foster long-term business relationships, discussions, and the exchange of ideas in order to drive economic growth in Ghana’s agriculture sector.

Mr. Steven Hendrix disclosed further that, last year alone more than US$38 million was facilitated in financing to more than 500 businesses; and linked more than 180 agribusinesses to market under the initiative.

He said the efforts of the USAID were lifting up families and communities throughout the northern Ghana, adding that last year, more than 100, 000 farmers increased their incomes, often more than doubling them through Feed the Future training and support.

Mr. Hendrix emphasized that UASID recognizes the importance of agribusiness development in reducing poverty and increasing food security and economic growth, adding, “We are committed to working with our partners to increase investment and facilitate strong and lucrative relationship between farmers and businesses.”

 

Source: mordenghana.com