wpid-wpid-Mr-Akwasi-Opong-Ofosu-Visit-BnD.jpegIn line with Government effort to ensuring security for Ghanaians, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of Canada.

The sector Minister, Hon. Kwasi Opong Fosu, hinted that? in 2008, the Government of Canada had made a financial commitment of about CDN$14,300,000 for the purpose of implementing the Food Security and Environment Facility (FSEF) project in the three Northern Regions of Ghana?a contribution arrangement which is expected to end in May 31, 2016.

Added that the goal of the eight-year project which was the vision of NDC and H.E Mahama led administration was to assist Ghana in its efforts to achieve food security through environmentally-sound agricultural development.

He said the purpose of the project was to deliver and disseminate innovative food security and sustainable agricultural programming in the three Northern Regions in Ghana.

Hon Fosu?said for the peculiar challenges facing the three Northern Regions and some parts of the country in achieving food security, the FSEF project had much to offer, especially in terms of knowledge-sharing and capacity building.

?The project had successfully reduced the hunger period in some beneficiary communities from four months to one month,?? he added.

He said the provision of improved storage facilities had increased the shelf life of onions and yams which subsequently led to improved incomes and the ability of some beneficiaries to pay their children?s school fees and health insurance.

For her the Canadian High Commissioner in Ghana, Dr Cheryl Gopaul-Saikali, said the project would increase the use of innovative and environmentally-sound agricultural technologies.

Dr Gopaul-Saikali said the project would also enhance the ability of Ghanaian organizations to support food security and sustainable agriculture in Ghana?s three northern regions and foster the capacity of local organizations to promote equality between women and men.

He said it was the hope of DFATD that FSEF would lead to a lasting change in the reduction of hunger and land degradation in the three Northern Ghana.

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