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NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL: GHANA’S SHARED RESPONSBILITY TO END HUNGER

Each year about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted and at the same time about 800 million people do not have access to sufficient and nutritious food (Global FoodBanking Network, 2014). This figure represents roughly one third of food produced for human consumption. Food can be either lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption (FAO, 2011).The Cost of Hunger in Ghana report by the National Development Planning Commission in 2016 shows that Ghana loses GH¢ 4.6 billion which is equivalent to 6.4% GDP annually to hunger among children and 24% of all child mortality cases in Ghana are associated with under nutrition.

The difference between losses and waste lies in the supply chain stage where food is no longer usable for human consumption. Loss occurs when food does not reach the final consumer due to improper handling, packing and storage. Such foods are not suitable for human consumption and only have a marginal value to be transformed as low cost fertilizers and fuel.

Waste occurs when the product that reached the final marketplace is not consumed due to improper consumer behavior, bad storage practices as well as to the lack of coordination between different stakeholders in the supply chain. Food and Beverage Association of Ghana estimates shows it members loss over GH¢200,000 every month to food waste.
In many cases, fresh products are rejected by large supermarket chains if they do not meet certain
quality standards such as shape, size and appearance, regardless of their suitability for human
consumption. In addition, many retail chains discard products before their expiring dates claiming
that the products either are unsellable or generate negative image to the retailer. Consumer’s
attitudes and the consumption culture also play their part as they reject food that is in good
condition but with “not-so-good” appearance. Foods that have reached households are also wasted
because they turn unsuitable for human consumption. Restaurants and hotels are other stakeholders
within the food waste menace, because of the large portions served to customers. Since not all the portion is consumed, the rest will end up in the garbage bin.
The role of the local governments in setting up measures and regulations towards food donation is very critical in ensuring reduction of food waste and hunger in society.

The PNDCL 3058 Food and Drugs Act.1992 does not make explicit provision for food donations which has resulted in little contribution towards reducing hunger in Ghana by some stakeholder’s within the food supply chain.The Ghana School Feeding Programme been an initiative of the comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Pillar 3 which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger in line with the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty and malnutrition had since 2007 been implemented to encourage child enrollment through the provision of  one meal per day. Currently the National School Feeding program faces challenges such as expansion and caterers demand for increase of the cost from Gh¢0.80p per child however with a National Food Donors Encouragement Act, private stakeholder businesses in Ghana will donate their excess towards the program.

A lot of initiatives have been launched in Ghana by public, private and civil stakeholders towards improving child under nutrition and hunger in Ghana however little or no attention has been drawn on the role of food recovery and redistribution as a tool towards addressing the problem of hunger and the inefficiencies within our food supply chain.

A study by Food for All Africa programme between 2015-2016 showed that 92% of stakeholders in Ghana’s food supply chain agreed that,with a national regulation  mechanism they would want to donate their excess food to the vulnerable  rather than waiting for it to go waste and dispose off.

Donors often fear that they will be held legally responsible if recipients of donated food become ill, and this fear discourages them from donating. However, with the National Food Donors Encouragement laws that protect food donors from liability.

The National Food Donors Act will protect

Persons or gleaners making good faith donations of food or grocery products to non‐profit charitable organizations such as orphanages, schools and vulnerable communities are protected. A “gleaner” is someone who harvests donated agricultural crops.
Nonprofit organizations that receive the donated food, and ultimately distribute the donations to those in need are also covered.

Private Businesses donating their excess food products or resources towards creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society. Tax incentives must be given to amount donated.

Good faith/CSR donations, made to non‐profit organizations, ultimately going to those in need are protected. The donations must be:

1) “Apparently wholesome” food.
(2) “Apparently fit” grocery products.

These items meet the PNDCL 3058 Food and Drugs Act, local labeling and quality standards but may not be readily marketable because of factors like age, appearance, freshness, grade, or size.
Slightly flawed partially complying donations, made in good faith, are also protected if:
(1) The donor informs the non‐profit of the item’s condition;
(2) The nonprofit knows the standards required to make the item conform;
(3) The nonprofit agrees to recondition the item to meet those standards.
These flaws can include broken packaging or missing labels, or items needing washing or trimming before distribution. Acceptance of such items helps use edible food that might otherwise be thrown away due to a technicality.
How are donors protected?
If the donation is made in good faith (honestly and with sincere intentions), the National Food Donors Encouragement Act will exempt those donors from civil or criminal liability which might arise from the
donation’s nature, age, packaging or condition. The law will also protect donors of food that is “fit for human consumption,” regardless of compliance with food labeling/ packaging laws and storage/handling by the recipients.

When are donors not protected?
Liability arises if a food donor or recipient organization knows that their actions will harm or are likely to harm the recipient, and consciously acts anyway – i.e., gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Under the Food Donors Encouragement bill, gross negligence is a much higher standard than
ordinary negligence. Gross negligence should mean that a donor (or recipient organization) knew
when it acted that its conduct was likely to harm someone else, and consciously acted (or failed to act), regardless of that knowledge.
Under the Bill, Intentional misconduct means a donor (or recipient organization) deliberately acted with knowledge that its actions would be harmful to others.

Why donate?
Donation of surplus food connects those in need with edible food that would otherwise be sent to landfills. 3 out of 5 children out of the 90,000 street children in Accra who are out of school run away from orphanages due to lack of regular means of nutrition. These people are part of the city’s population that does not have sufficient access or resources available to obtain and consume enough nutritious food to support a healthy life.

In Ghana,1 out of 4 children goes to bed hungry (UNICEF ,2015)  at a time when 45% of food goes uneaten and much of that contributes to the over 15 million tons of food that ends up rotting in landfills. Connecting hungry people with available food helps combat both of these critical problems.
Donations also create savings for donors by lowering the costs of food disposal and the opportunity for charitable food donation tax deductions.

Why Food for All Ghana Programme?
Food for All Ghana programme makes the surplus food donation process easy, by picking up and transporting food and grocery item donations to the places and programs that need them. This helps
valuable programs stretch their limited budgets during a time of decreasing government and foundation funding, keeps edible food out of landfills, and most importantly, helps hungry people have better access to a nutritious meal. Food for All Africa has since 2015 been operating West Africa’s first community food support centre and have created a  forum for stakeholder’s within Ghana’s food supply chain to  work together towards reducing hunger in Ghana and accelerate Ghana’s effort in attaining the UN SDG 2 and 12.
Considering the outcome of research and report from the 1st Food for All Ghana conference held in 2016, the need for a nationwide protection offered by a National Food Donors Encouragement Act, the valuable incentives for reducing hunger and wasting food, and the ease of expanding the National Food feeding program, Food for All Africa programme on 15th June, 2017 will launch a two year’s multi-stakeholder National campaign for the passage of the Food Donors Encouragement Bill.

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Friday Born Designs Health Screening Day

Future of Ghana Alumni, Dr Emma Amoafo will be hosting a health screening day for adults and children in Branadi, a rural area in Ghana, West Africa on Saturday 22 April 2017 . As well as this,  she wants to install a borehole in the village to provide clean drinking water. Emma is  a UK trained doctor (GMC number 7494271) and regularly completes charitable projects in Ghana via my social enterprise, Friday Born Designs.

Dr Emma Amaofo and volunteer Ghanaian healthcare professionals will screen for high blood pressure, anaemia, and diabetes; and also calculate BMIs. They will then give educational lectures on how to prevent the illnesses that are being screened for, as well as others such as malaria, cholera and HIV. We also aim to be able to distribute anti-hypertensives, anti-hyperglycaemics, ORS, and simple analgesia such as paracetamol free of charge. Awinade is a hidden village with little access to free healthcare. I hope that this event will provide some medical attention to people who would have otherwise received none.

As a second generation Ghanaian , Emma am aware of some cultural attitudes that are detrimental to health; she hope’s to be able to dispel some of these through education. Years after I have left, the people of that village will remember our work as they use clean water from the borehole. This is Friday Born Designs’ fifth year of projects like this, and  she trusts that it will be the most impactful yet.

 

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Deadly Galamsey

Afforestation I was told in simple terms means growing of more trees to replace the cut down ones. Growing up as a child my learned teachers made me to understand that, some of the benefits a country gains for practicing afforestation includes: Good rainfall pattern, prevention of land degradation, Fresh air to aid breathing, protection of water bodies, protection of soil nutrients for crops/food production, etc. Again, I was made to understand that afforestation helps to promote the ecosystem, hence tourism.

Deforestation my teachers told me is caused by continues cutting down of trees for firewood, charcoal, etc. without planting new ones; bush burning, sand wining among others.

But, I was never made to understand that gold mining causes deforestation and more. I was never told gold mining can cause our water bodies to dry up hence making the country loss large sums of money in reclaiming the wonderful water bodies and lands. I was never told that gold mining in my country Ghana could affects its neighboring countries negatively.

All I knew was gold mining is a great activity generating much income and employment for people and the country. This, I now doubt because the percentage of mining proceeds that goes to the government/country at the end of the day is just a coin and the level of employment in this sector comparatively is low.

Also, with the image created in my long lasting mind, I never thought there is a kind of mining called Galamsey (illegal mining) allowed in my country; affecting a lot of citizens until it started affecting myself indirectly for now.

It has made most people to lost/lose memories and reference of their departed loved ones. Why! Because the cemeteries are now been converted into Galamsey/Mining Sites, with the bones and other remains of these departed loved ones exhumed not for medical or investigative purposes but left behind to rebury themselves.

Sadly, some wicked ones surely take advantage of this situation and use the exhumed remains either for rituals or other activities best known to them without the knowledge of the deceased family.

Oh Ghana! Why will we continue to destroy our wonderful forest/tourism, ecosystem, water bodies just in the name of employment and a coin to be added to our national income?

I acknowledge there are no jobs and money in pockets, but that should not be the basis for destroying the future of this country through bad gold mining practices and illegal ones (Galamsey).

In the struggle to create jobs, let us be mindful we do not create a situation where in future: some individuals will also start indulging in various illegal acts with the hope that, as people and government begin to feel uncomfortable they shall enroll policies to support or integrate their illegal practices into the legal ones or a situation may be created where the youths at school going ages will start dropping out of school in search of the “quick money” created by Galamsey.

I am saying this because, we are forgetting the facts that Galamsey does not only “employs” graduates but also a lot of very vulnerable children who dropped out of school for such purpose; “Because it is free for everybody to do or start” as a result of the gaps in the system and institutional failures.

The Government, Lands and Forestry Commissions, Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) and other stakeholders must take advantage of the current positive agitations and restructure the entire mining sector most especially the mining laws and regulations; those involved and causing the administrative lapses and gaps must also be dealt with accordingly; the agencies directly or indirectly involved in checking mining and forestry activities must also be effectively resourced to build their capacity for monitoring and punishing offenders. They must also work as a team and be networked.

I also think that, there must be a national policy on the percentage of mining proceeds to be reserved or remitted to government for national developmental projects and these project areas must be specified.

I am saying this because if immediate steps are not taken to harness this situations: we shall wakeup from the “shaking comfort” of our lovely homes and be met with another crises; this time not Power Crises but Land Crises, Tourism/Forestry Crises, Water Crises, Food/Farming Crises among others.

If care is not taken, in future; we may have to import even oxygen (air to breath) because the trees shall no longer be enough to absorb the carbon dioxide we produce and generate greater amount oxygen to support our breathing naturally. A future that will force the country to import even water because the water bodies are dried up and polluted; a lot more food because farmers are been killed and their land degraded.

It appears, our generation is becoming greedily ubiquitous with money and willing to do anything weather good or bad, sustainable or non-sustainable just to satisfy our current wants or needs; living nothing for the future generations. This I say if our objects of worship do not judge us, then posterity will surely judge us.

To add, our leaders; political, religious, civil, etc. must lead the crusade and exemplary life because I assume they are our angels and Jesus on Earth. But if they are not ready then; we must be ready to change the situation for the better, but not to continue their wrong doings or be polluted by them.

It is very sad we claimed our forefather were not civilized like us, but they never did what we “the civilized” are doing; destroying our own lands, rivers, vegetation’s and animals . They rather used the resources wisely and protected the rest even with their lives for us.

I think the struggle by most to save a lot for their children’s future even if it takes destroying the current resources must be discouraged. Rather let us use the land and the resources wisely so that our children will benefit from its output in the future and also be able to create their own wealth from them.

As a country, if we do not have the capacity to explore our own gold or resources, for the betterment of our people: then, either we allow (for the next generation) or preserve them until we get the capacity to tap them. We may as well look for better corporations or persons with the right capacities, willing to work according to our fair terms to help us explore them rather than “the current act of greediness”.

Finally, I think we have had enough of the Galamsey and other mining related problems. It is time we all say a big “NO TO GALAMSEY” before it kills the next Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the next Big Six, Future Leaders, Responsible Citizens and the next Coffie Confidence.

Thank you all and God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.
By COFFIE CONFIDENCE

Source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/767764/deadly-galamsey.html

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Speakers Unveiled for Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) thrilled to announce the highly esteemed speakers for Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017The inaugural edition of this meeting was held in March 2015 with over 300 participants and 10 companies from sectors such as fashion, education, telecommunication, banking, and technology.

Meet the confirmed speakers.

Keynote Speaker:
• Lucy Quist, CEO, Airtel Ghana

Panellists:

  1. Yasmin Kumi, Founder and Executive Director, Africa Foresight Group
  2. Josiah Kwesi-Eyison, Co-founder, iSpace
  3. Aswin Ravichandran, General Manager, MEST Africa
  4. Paul Payne, Manager, British Council Skills Hub

Moderators:

Keynote Speech Moderator: Alfred Ocansey, News 360, TV3 Ghana

Panel Moderator: Jemila Abdulai, Editor and Founder, Circumspecte

The theme for this forum is Technology and the future of work in Africa”

SFAN recognizes the unprecedented impact of technology on the world of work in Africa, and is organizing this forum to explore the following questions:

  • What key jobs will be impacted by intelligent technologies?
  • What are key strategies employees can use to deal with intelligent technologies?
  • What can a business do about the impact of intelligent technologies in their organization?
  • What are the skills for the fourth industrial revolution?
  • Is Technology a driver of wage stagnation?
  • How is technology changing the nature of work — design, delivery and workplace?
  • Is digital technology a good thing for Africa or a bad thing?

They are super excited because the atmosphere of this year’s career fair will be super charged, as some of the best and brightest industry leaders and entry-level job seekers converge to collaborate, learn, exchange ideas and explore the new frontier of the world of work in Africa.

This event also creates a perfect platform for firms to access top entry-level skills. If you are recruiting for entry-level roles, then this is your moment. For more details, please get in touch with us by email.

The event is currently soldout but you can still participate in the keynote and panel sessions via live stream at SFAN Facebook Page. Please share your views with the hashtag: #QLCAREERFAIR

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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.

Get Nominated for the 2017 Ghana Startup Club 100 Ranking

The Ghana Start-Up Club 100 (GSClub 100) is an annual ranking of the top 100 best performing start-up companies in Ghana spearheaded by The Startup Network.

Prestigious and coveted; the Ranking celebrates Ghana’s entrepreneurs and innovators. It offers a unique chance for small to medium scale businesses to be recognised for their hard work, commitment and of course, success.

Established by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) and organised in partnership with Premium Bank Ghana, iConceptsPR and Avance Media and in collaboration with key private and public stakeholders, the GSClub 100 is positioned to give high-impact start-ups and outstanding entrepreneurs the public recognition and support they deserve to propel them to greater heights in their chosen fields of endeavours.

NOMINATE HERE

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European Commission Young Leaders Programme calls applicants worldwide to speak up at the European Development Days 2017

Young people from all corners of the world, aged 21 to 26, are invited by the European Commission to take part in the Young Leaders Programme at this year’s European Development Days (EDD 2017).

The event is Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development and it will take place in Brussels on 7 and 8 June. The Young Leaders Programme will engage young leaders to be part of the debate on the future of international development cooperation.

Calling all Young Leaders worldwide EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “European Union strongly supports the empowerment of young people, as they are the pillars of tomorrow’s world. Our society needs their inspiration and courage to be more peaceful and prosperous. Through the Young Leaders Programme, we want to give voice to them.

Their contribution to global development efforts is absolutely invaluable.” Sixteen youth representatives will be selected based on their exceptional skills, experience and commitment to development issues. Once selected, they will be invited to participate in EDD 2017 high-level panels, share their ideas and experiences and be part of the global debate with key development stakeholders, policymakers and participan

Sharing ideas and experience with international decision-makers

Nestor Dehouindji, Benin “Taking part in EDD 2016 meant that I felt that all the work I have done at a local level impacted and gave insights to the international development community. It was wonderful to feel that people were interested, concerned and learning from my own development experience. And I also believe that I created a network of other young leaders which became like a little family when we were in Brussels and hopefully we will stay connected for many years to come.” Nestor is a young journalist specialised in economics and trade, with strong academic background in the contribution of international trade to development, and an extensive knowledge of the World Trade Organisation.

Vandinika Shukla, India “Being selected for EDD 2016 was an incredible opportunity for me. I was an equal participant in such a significant international dialogue on inclusive development policy. I was with like-minded peers, I spoke directly to those who decide on policy and I was listened to and even challenged! It was an experience of a lifetime for me and it gave me a global community of young leaders that I will cherish forever.” Vandinika has been the Head of Project Enable, an initiative aimed at empowering high school children to make their schools more accessible and equal opportunity driven through the implementation of the Indian Right to Education Act, which protects the right to access quality education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The online application for the Young Leaders Programme is open from 2 February until 9 March.

Applicants will need to submit a two-minute video explaining why they should be chosen to speak on one of the EDD 2017 THEMES AND TOPICS. Applications will be received via the EDD 2017 website: www.eudevdays.eu/young-leaders

Contact EDD 2017 Press Team

Alice Dashwood Tel.: +49 (0) 30 65 000 381 E-mail: press@eudevdays.eu

MAXMART SHOPPING CENTRE DONATES TO BUILD COMMUNITY LIVESTOCK FARM FOR VULNERABLE IN AFRAM PLAINS SOUTH.

Management of Ghana’s premier family shopping centre, MaxMart on Tuesday,10th January 2017 donated GH¢5,000 to Food for All Ghana Sustainable Farms Fund as initial capital to build a community livestock farm for deprived communities within the Afram Plains South District of the Eastern region of Ghana. The donation was as a result of a month long Waitrose Buy More Feed More Christmas project carried out by Food for All and MaxMart to raise awareness on the economic and environmental impact of food waste and hunger in Ghana.It was to also involve Ghanaians and stakeholders in creating sustainable means of nutrition for beneficiaries under the Food for All Africa programme.Through the month of Christmas, MaxMart donated 3% of Waitrose branded product prices for which it’s customers bought.

Receiving the cheque from manager of the supermarket,Chef Elijah Addo,founder of Food for All Africa programme reiterated the need for community partnership towards addressing hunger and food waste in Africa.

He quoted facts from the 2016 Cost of Hunger in Ghana report published in August by National Development Planning Commission which shows that Ghana loses GH¢ 4.6 billion which is equivalent to 6.4% GDP annually to hunger among children and 24% of all child mortality cases in Ghana are associated with under nutrition.” He indicated that the choice of Afram plains for the community farm project was as a result of the number of children in the community who are out of school due to a lack of regular means of nutrition.He appealed for individuals and corporate bodies to donate to the Food for All Ghana Sustainable Farms Fund to create sustainable means of nutrition for vulnerable communities in Africa.”

General Manager of MaxMart , Mr. Omar Naboulsi indicated MaxMart believes community participation plays a critical role in solving the economic and environmental impact of food waste and hunger in Ghana. It is in that regard that as sole distributors of Waitrose brand in Ghana ,they involved their customers during Christmas to raise funding in support of the good work Food for All in undertaking to ensure a means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana.”MaxMart is a socially responsible business and will keep supporting social intervention programs such as Food for All in Ghana.

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