The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has organised a nationwide studying occasion to create a platform for a nationwide dialogue on learn how to obtain sustainable vitamin affect for Ghana by way of enhanced multi-sectoral coordination.
The occasion, organized in collaboration with USAID Advancing Nutrition Ghana and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and different companions, sought to stipulate pragmatic measures in addressing Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).
It was on the theme: “Achieving Sustained Nutrition Impact- Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Food and Nutrition Security Coordination.”
The assembly goals to share findings of panorama evaluation and stakeholder mapping workout routines on multi-sectoral FNS coordination in any respect ranges of the nation.
It would additionally assist current the FNS Planning Toolkit, share expertise and classes from different nations on strengthening multi-sectoral meals and vitamin safety coordination, management, and governance methods, processes, mechanisms, and barrier.
The goal is to facilitate dialogue and construct consensus in direction of creating a roadmap for strengthening multi-sectoral meals and vitamin safety coordination and collaboration on the nationwide and sub-national ranges.
Dr Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa, the Director-General, NDPC, talking on the occasion, mentioned the FNS scenario in Sub-Saharan Africa was dire with critical penalties for public well being and sustainable growth.
He mentioned Ghana, specifically, was weak to FNS shocks, including “that is evident within the quantity of meals imports and the dearth of enough meals processing and storage capability.”
In addition, the nation is confronted with the double burden of malnutrition with insufficient investments in Food and Nutrition Security, with out which the World Health Organization (WHO) targets on malnutrition wouldn’t be achieved, he acknowledged.
“Although the NDPC Act, 1994, (Act 479) and Planning Systems Act, 1994, ( Act 480), LI 1994 units out each the National Decentralised Planning System and its coordination constructions, a number of elements proceed to undermine coordination and efficient plan implementation.”
“It is for that reason that NDPC has set its sights on strengthening: plan preparation, implementation and coordination, monitoring and analysis programs, manufacturing and utilization of statistics, bettering useful resource mobilization and efficient administration of its utilization in any respect ranges and improve information administration and studying implementation coordination within the subsequent medium-term growth coverage framework (2022-2025),” Dr Mensah-Abrampa acknowledged.
Ms Anne-Claire Dufay, UNICEF Representative, Ghana, mentioned there was the necessity to collaborate to scale up the vitamin of the nation.
She mentioned vitamin mixed with stimulation would result in the specified consequence thus urged stakeholders to take concrete steps to handle the difficulty.
Dr Francis Chisaka Kasolo, the World Health Organization Country Representative, mentioned vitamin was a cross-cutting precedence and counseled the NDPC for the occasion to handle the elemental public well being challenge.