Ghana needs comprehensive data on women in agriculture to know the numbers, specific challenges and come up with solutions to improve their work, said Ms. Paulina Addy, Director of Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD).
She said women often combine their reproductive and productive roles such as cooking, fetching water, collecting firewood, babysitting, selling food and cooking with their usual farming activities.
Ms Addy made the call during a stakeholder forum organized by NestlÃ© Ghana Limited to mark World Food Day (WFD) 2021 and the second anniversary of the Live Strong with Iron campaign in Accra.
This year’s WFD event is under the theme “Our actions are our future – better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”,
She said women were involved in food systems including land preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, value addition and marketing, however, there was no comprehensive information available to them. topic.
âThey make so many sacrifices for the good of all. Market women, for example, travel far and near, through thick and thin to buy food to sell. When there is a shortage of products like tomatoes, they travel to Burkina Faso just to buy some for consumption, âshe said.
âWe shouldn’t just pretend to talk about women’s issues just recognizing that they are the backbone of agriculture. We must take bold decisions to strengthen their work and improve their livelihoods â.
Mr Georgios Badaro, Managing Director of NestlÃ© Ghana Ltd., said: âTo ensure a better future for generations to come, we must go beyond sustainability and the transition to a regenerative food system – a system that aims to protect and restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and improve the well-being of farming communities.
âBy working with our food system partners, including our network of farmers and suppliers, NestlÃ© will advance regenerative farming practices at the heart of the food system. NestlÃ© cannot do it alone, we must continue to work together with our different expertise for the good of Ghanaians â.
Mr. Kofi Essel, Head of Food Industry Services Support Department at the Food and Drugs Authority, stressed the importance of food safety to ensure the good health and well-being of Ghanaians.
He urged the public to be aware of food safety and stressed that âif it’s not safe, it’s not foodâ.
Professor Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, professor of nutrition and public health advocate, speaking on healthy diets, noted that nutritious foods can be affordable. She encouraged the public to take healthy eating seriously to help prevent malnutrition as it is linked to well-being and productivity.
In 2019, NestlÃ© Ghana launched the Live Strong with Iron campaign, an iron deficiency awareness campaign, which reached approximately 12 million Ghanaians through education through media and community engagement.
Through the NestlÃ© Cocoa Plan and NestlÃ© Cereals Plan programs, more than 20,000 farmers have benefited from capacity building and economic empowerment initiatives in Ghana.