March 2017


Five Compelling Reasons to be a Food Donor

Donating food benefits the community, your business and employees, and the environment.

  1. Engage With Your Community
    You can help organizations provide safe and healthy foods to people in need. You can also provide food to organizations doing community development work, such as food skills training programs or social development, or that reintroduce cultural traditions to their lives.
  2. Reduce Your Environmental Impact
    Waste reduction can help businesses reach environmental sustainability goals. Your business can:
    • Keep food and packaging out of the landfill.
    • Avoid wasting resources used to produce food products –water, energy, labour, machinery wear and tear, transportation,and other resources invested in the production.
    • Reduce methane gas produced by landfills. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to climate change.
  3. Improve Your Corporate Social Responsibility Profile
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives humanize companies and convey positive contributions to society. Consumers reward socially responsible firms with higher sales and long-lasting loyalty. They can become brand advocates to their friends and family.A well-planned food donation program can demonstrate your social responsibility philosophy in an easily understood, tangible way while building relationships in your community.
  4. Attract And Retain Dedicated Staff
    Employees identify personally with a company when they believe it is socially responsible. A commitment to socially responsible behavior can lead to higher levels of employee commitment and dedication to excellence, greater morale, reduced absenteeism, and lower employee turnover.
  5. Maximize Financial Benefits
    A food donation program can play an important role in helping businesses offset costs associated with surplus and un-sellable inventory.
    • Reduce handling costs of disposing healthy edible, but un-sellable, food (by reducing de-packaging, recycling, composting, and garbage disposal expenses).
    • Maximize tax savings by deducting the costs associated with the value of the donation (as a business loss or write off)

Food donation is the process of redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to vulnerable mostly in orphanages, psychiatric hospitals, prisons and communities. Individuals and stakeholders can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact through food donation. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated. Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food inventory. Food banks usually manage food donation and redistribution as  non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger

Food for All Africa programme has since 13th June,2015 been operating West Africa’s first food bank in Ghana by creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society mostly children through food recovery,redistribution,farming and forum for stakeholder’s within the food supply chain.

To learn more on food donation in Ghana visit: http://foodforallafrica.org/

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16 year old FOG Pioneer Yasmin FOSU wins clean sweep of Medals at African Cadet Junior Championships

The Ghana national junior fencing team returned home on Saturday with four medals at the just ended African Cadet Junior Championship in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.

The three-day event started on March 8 and ended on March 11 with Ghana’s UK-based female cadet, Yasmine Fosu winning three medals (gold, silver and bronze) and the men’s team winning silver in foil after losing to the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire in the finals.

Yasmine, 16, won Gold in the Epee, silver in Foil, and bronze in Junior Epee events while the Men Team comprising, Isaac Teinor, Daniel Terkutey, Iddrisu Bashiru and coached by Alhasan Saroyan won Silver in the Foil contest.

The President of the Ghana Fencing Association, Mohammed Mahadi said he was impressed with the output of the contingent although their performances were affected by a slight change in the tournament schedule.

“We set of on the 6th expecting to start competition on the 8th upon reaching Abidjan on the 7th night,” Mahadi who doubles as the leader of Ghana’s delegation to the tournament told the Graphic Sports in a telephone interview on Saturday.

He continued, “But on the morning of March 8, we had a call that the men’s Epee team event which was to be held on the 11th is taking now so had to speak to the FIE official there and it was put on hold till we got to the Yamoussoukro venue at 12 and headed straight to the weapons control to start the competition that same afternoon”.

Mr Mahadi also expressed gratitude to SilverStar Auto Limited and the State Transport Company for sponsoring the trip to Cote d’Ivoire.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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SFAN PRESENTS QUANTAM LEAP FAIR 2017

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) is collaborating with iSpace to host 2017 edition of Quantum Leap Career. The meeting is organised on the theme “Technology and the Future of Work in Africa”.

Date: April 12, 2017

Venue: British Council, Accra

Time: 09:00 am to 04:00pm GMT

It is estimated that some 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist. According to a McKinsey study, many activities that workers carry out today could be automated.

This edition of Quantum Leap Career Fair is organized to create a space for the best and brightest industry leaders, business executives and thought leading recruiters to share valuable insights on the impact of technology on the future of work in Africa.

Meet with employers in an informal setting and learn more about jobs and internship opportunities offered by their companies, participate in one-on-one mentoring & C.V review sessions, take industry generated employability skills assessment, and walk away with actionable game plan to upgrade your skills for the work of the future

Participation is free, but you must be pre-booked as available spaces are limited. Make your registrations by clicking here. Certificates can be requested at a cost of GHs 20.

The Keynote and Panel sessions will be streamed live on SFAN Facebook page.

As a business owner, this is a huge opportunity to get access to the right type audience for your company. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, securing a booth stand or have questions, concerns or comments, please send an e-mail to tomchris@sfanonline.org.

About SFAN:

SFAN is a high impact social enterprise established with a precise vision to raise the next generation of African leaders through the accomplishment of the following goals:

  • Help young people have a smooth transition from education to work through mentorship, capacity development, and job/internship placement
  • Offer opportunities for youths to turn their passion into a business or career by creating platforms for networking, incubation, and funding
  • Build a community of change agents and doers.

Through innovative projects, products and programs, SFAN provides the missing links for youth development, education and entrepreneurship thereby contributing to building a self-sustained Africa.