The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo- Addo has called for a pragmatic solutions to tackle the significant numbers of hungry, obese and micro- nutrient deficient people in the country.
According to her, COVID-19 has exposed the weakness of our food systems and it time to build a resilient system that work and can withstand shocks.
Presenting the keynote address for the launch of Ghana’s inception meeting in preparation towards the UN Food Systems Summit under the theme, ” Towards Resilience for Improved Food Security and Nutrition”, the First lady said, we need to build those robust systems that are needed despite our progress made so far.
“Today’s inception meeting is yet another platform for Ghana, to build those robust systems that are need. Access to safe, affordable and healthy diets is a basic necessity of life. Not acting simply means we are condemning a large portion of our population to misery and death. We are also toying with our National development agenda, if we fail to act now”, she said.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to call for a collective action of all stakeholders for a strong inter- sectoral linkages and cooperation.
According to her, the collaboration will generate innovative forward- thinking intervention, to challenge existing policy framework.
It is my prayer that all key stakeholders will get the opportunity to participate in all dialogues. I trust these dialogues will generate innovative forward- thinking intervention, to Challenge existing policy framework in order to improve nutrition and promote healthy diets”.