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G8 to Crack Down on Food Insecurity in Africa

From Spy Ghana
Despite Ghana’s large tracts of fertile land, the west African country has a long history of food insecurity. Millions in the south are no longer at risk, but the number of vulnerable people in the more arid north has increased in recent years.
The government says that is why Ghana became one of the first six African countries to sign up to the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in 2012. Under the initiative, the country will focus on five crops: cowpea, maize, cassava, rice and yam.

“This is really about improving the environment of aid effectiveness, food and nutrition so that countries can really take ownership of theirfood security and initiatives,” said Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, the deputy food and agriculture minister with responsibility for crops.
“Ghana has huge potential in horticultural crops, in vegetables and fruits like pineapple. But natural resources by themselves do not bring economic returns. What is needed is more investment.”
Tom Gambrah, the managing director of Ghana Premium Foods, chairman of the Ghana Grains Council and a New Alliance board member said the country could not accept the status quo.
“The New Alliance will make it easier for the private sector to do business in agriculture. At the moment, we experience regular bottlenecks,” he said. “Then there are better seeds than we are using, not genetically modified seeds, but high-yield hybrid seeds that can double or triple harvests and that are already being used in other countries.
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