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Comprehensive and integrated food systems for wealth creation, food and nutritional security in Ghana

The idea is to bring the essential components of sustainable food systems under one strategic framework for accelerated impact

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Crops Research Institute- Kumasi,Ghana, West Africa.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Researcher Institution

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://www.cropsresearch.org/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 3-10 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Kumasi

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Ghana

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Ghana, located at the cost of West Africa , covers a total area of approximately 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi).

What country is your selected Place located in?

Republic of Ghana

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am a legal citizen of Ghana by birth. I was born and bred in Ghana. I appreciate the food and agriculture challenges facing smallholder farmers. Developing a sustainable food systems strategy will improve smallholders resilience and create wealth and enhance food security and transforms Ghana Agriculture and national economy as a whole.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Ghana climate is typically tropical and the demography about 100meters above the sea level. Agriculture is the main stay of the Ghanaian economy. The sector is crucial for national development in that, it employs majority of the active labour force in rural areas and contribute to about 25% of Gross Domestic Product.Rural urban migration is a key dynamic of the Ghanaian population. Urban to rural population ratio is nearly 1:1. Urbanization and globalization has shifted the eaten pattern of the urban population from traditional diets to fast foods and industrial products that are mainly imported. Preference for traditional diets high among rural population. Insatiable taste and preference for imported foods that are mainly finished or semi finished industrial products is responsible for the rapid depreciation of the local currency as well as the persistent food trade imbalances.The macroeconomic policies are industrially focused and urban biased. The rural population majority of whom are farmers have limited access to social amenities. Our national policies are mostly opinionated and based on the philosophies and ideologies of political parties. Public policies are largely not based on scientific evidence. Food insecurity, poverty and conflicts are common in rural parts of the country. Our sanitation conditions are not the best. Environmental protection very poor. Food safety is a serious concern due to environmental pollution resulting from the use of agrochemicals and illegal mining activities. Ghanaians uphold the chieftancy institution in high esteem because our chiefs are not involved in politics. Ghanaians are looking out for economic prosperity which majority believe will happen if the agricultural sector is transformed and the industrial sector developed. Social media has gained prominence in the recent times as most issues of national interest are raised and discussed in both the traditional and social media.Official languages is English. We have over 120 Ghanaian languages spoken across the length and breath of the country.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

30000000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Food system challenges in 2020 Intensive use of agrochemicals for food crop production in Ghana has raised serious environmental and food safety concerns. The agro ecosystems are under serious threat.This has dire consequences human health, economic prosperity and the environment. Food system changes by 2050 Current food needs are been met at the expense of future food needs. The agro ecosystems may not be able to support food production in the future. the lack of policy framework to ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability of our food systems will exacerbate this problem by 2050.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Comprehensive and integrated food systems strategic framework will streamlines efforts aimed at building sustainable food systems and bring the essential components(economic, social and environment) under one umbrella for improved efficiency and effectiveness.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Comprehensive and integrated sustainable food systems strategy will transform Ghana's Agriculture sector through income expansion, poverty reduction and enhanced food and nutritional security, culminating into sustained economic growth and development.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Ghana lacks an comprehensive strategy that connects the various elements of sustainable food systems. The piece meal approach has been adopted over the years. Results have generally not been impressive. There is duplicity of efforts by different stakeholders with conflicting objectives. Motioning and evaluation becomes difficult. the food systems lack transparency and accountability. The comprehensive and integrated policy framework will ensure the interconnectedness of the essential elements of sustainable food systems namely environment, diets, economics, culture, technology and food policy. This approach is more holistic and systematic. It is more easier to track progress and ensure accountability and efficiency.All the systems are linked in one strategic framework. Trade offs will be minimize with this strategy.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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Welcome Comprehensive and integrated food systems for wealth creation, food and nutritional security in Ghana to the Prize community.

It is great to read your Vision on the establishment of a comprehensive and integrated sustainable food systems in Ghana.
Going beyond a solution to defining your Vision, what would Ghana and the life of its people look like in 2050? Does the Vision address the 6 Themes in an integrated way?
The Prize ToolKit in Chapter 3 will help you refine your work. You also get the opportunity to read about how your Vision will be evaluated; http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk
Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming days