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THE GUBA GREENWICH TRADE EXPO 2018

LONDON, JUNE 2018

 

The 3rd GUBA Greenwich Trade Expo will take place in London from Friday the 15th of June 2018 to Sunday the 17th of June 2018. The three-day event will begin with a seminar, followed by an outdoor ‘African Market’ style exhibition of a range of African inspired products and services.

The GUBA Greenwich Trade Expo is a platform for African-inspired products and services to be showcased to a global audience, to increase exposure and create business development opportunities for African businesses.

The primary aim of the event is to develop entrepreneurs and showcase African inspired products from both UK and Africa created by small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), who seek to establish themselves in the British mainstream market. With the current economic changes and the announcement of Brexit, it is currently a great opportunity for Ghanaian and African businesses to explore emerging possibilities of trade partnerships in the UK.

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The first day of the expo, which will take place at the Stephen Lawrence Building Lecture Theatre 101, University of Greenwich, will be a seminar divided into interactive workshops, panel discussions, drop in sessions and one to one drop in sessions will also be available.  Industry leaders, experts, established businesses and organisations will be given the platform to speak about their work and offer industry advice in various areas. Topics on the day include:

1. Exporting & Brexit
2. Customer Service
3. Pitching/Branding
4. Making Money 
5. Business Finance – What you need to know?
6. The Importance of Social Media
7. Business & The Law

Tickets need to be purchased for the seminar portion of the expo and available athttps://gubagreenwichtradeexpo2018.eventbrite.co.uk

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The second and third days will be an opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products or services in a vibrant outdoor African Market – General Gordon Square, Woolwich. Products on display will include a vibrant collection of clothing, accessories, home décor essentials and much more.  The products will be showcased and on sale to the general public. The outdoor exhibition is free for all to attend. Procurement experts and wholesale buyers from major outlets will also sample products, interact and provide advice.

Several dignitaries and business experts have confirmed attendance to the GUBA Greenwich Expo 2018. Amongst them are MP Adam Afriyie, UK Trade Envoy to Ghana, Kofi Addo, Minister of Trade, Ghana High Commission, Hon Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister for Trade & Industry, Ben Ainsley, Deputy Director Trade for Africa and many more.

 

Friday 15th June 2018

9am-6pm

Seminar

Stephen-Lawrence Building

University of Greenwich

30 Park Row,

Greenwich SE10 9LS

Saturday 16th June 2018

11am-6pm

African Market

(Outdoor Exhibition)

General Gordon Square,

Woolwich

SE18 6HD

Sunday 17th June 2018

11am-6pm

African Market

(Outdoor Exhibition)

General Gordon Square,

Woolwich

SE18 6HD

 

About GUBA Expo

GUBA Expo is a platform for Africa-inspired products to be showcased to a UK audience to increase exposure and business development opportunities for African businesses and entrepreneurs by introducing UK retailers and consumers to a wider selection of African products. www.gubaexpo.co.uk

 

Contact Details:

Jennifer Djan-Krofa

Jennifer@gubaexpo.co.uk

07852591017

Girls Education Initiative of Ghana (GEIG) & Books for Schools Project Partnership for Code Fair

May 25, 2018
For Immediate Release

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG and the Books for Schools Project Partner for
Code Fair

Dates: June 10-15
Venue: NIMBARE – KOMPORE PRIMARY SCHOOL (Nimbare – Kompore of the Jirapa District in the Upper West Region of Ghana)

The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana, GEIG is partnering with the Books for Schools Project to implement the Nimbare Kompore Code Fair. GEIG celebrated its fourth anniversary in 2018. Under the theme of #connectedcommunities GEIG set out to focus on extending activities and programs to populations outside of the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions where the primary focus has been in the past. The Greater Accra team has taken on the task of implementing STEAM focused activities; since the start of the 2018/2019 school year workshops have been extended to students at the University Staff Basic and La Bawleshie junior high schools as well as primary students in Abelenkpe. With the momentum of these activities GEIG in partnership with Brainiqs Labs, the two organization welcomed the partnership opportunity from the Books for Schools Project.

Under the leadership of Elizabeth Patterson (GEIG) and Emmanuel Opare (Books for Schools), two alumni of Future of Ghana Top 30 Under 30, the two organizations join forces with a common mission and vision to provide quality and inclusive education(al) opportunities for students and schools in Ghana.

The Nimbare Kompore Code Fair will equip students of the Nimbare-Kompare primary school with basic computer and digital literacy. Both teams will lead sessions on topics such as Internet safety, web design, and mobile applications to name a few. The long term goal of the week is to instill a passion for technology and the use of technology to solve problems.

 

For more information contact

Ghana Tech Summit Announces First Set of 25 Speakers

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ATTN:

Date:  April 18th, 2018

Re: Press Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ghana Tech Summit Announces First Set of 25 Speakers From IBM, Uber, Google, LinkedIn, and United Nations

[Silicon Valley, USA- April 18, 2018] Ghana is to host 100 global speakers and become the largest tech event in West Africa on July 18-20, 2018. The summit is a part of a 12 year initiative to bring global leaders to Ghana to initiate partnerships and accelerate Ghana as an innovative tech hub in Africa.

Current top 10 confirmed speakers include:

  1. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh: Country General Manager for IBM in Africa

  2. Lola Kassim: Uber West Africa & Harvard + LSE Alumna

  3. Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier: Ghana’s former Ambassador to France & Portugal

  4. Daraiha Greene:  Google Global External Partnerships Manager, Community & Business Inclusion

  5. Will Senyo: Co-Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Accra

  6. Ann Rosenberg: Senior Vice President & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen + United Nations SDG Goals

  7. Sequoia Blodgett: Silicon Valley Tech Editor @ Black Enterprise

  8. Eric M K Osiakwan: Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital

  9. Yaw Owusu: Manager @ Ghana Cyber City, the first technology park in Ghana

  10. Erikan Obotetukudo: Relationship Manager @LinkedIn + Founder of KIN (network of powerful Black and African gamechangers

To view the first set of 25 speakers, please refer to the summit website at www.GhanaTechSummit.com.

The central theme of the global summit is to “catalyze startup ecosystems in emerging markets”. The event will host speakers from Google, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, IBM, and more. Over 40+ media representatives from Forbes, Inc Magazine, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and more will also be in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased via www.GhanaTechSummit.com. For partnership and sponsorship inquiries, please email the team at info@ghanatechsummit.com.

About Ghana Tech Summit: Ghana Tech Summit brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and creatives under one roof together to address humanity’s greatest challenges via technology and entrepreneurship. It is a part of a 13-year initiative of the Global Startup Ecosystem-the first and largest digital accelerator that accelerates 1000 companies to market annually across 190+ countries entirely online.

About Global Startup Ecosystem: Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age. GSE primarily provides online digital accelerator programs for startup ecosystems in different geographic regions, industry verticals, and impactful topic areas. Regions of focus are: Africa,Asia,America,Caribbean,  Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East .

About the Founder: Einstein Ntim is a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur and startup ecosystem builder that connects innovators to Ai, space, and other exponential tech networks. As the founding partner at the Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)-the first and largest creator of digital online accelerators- Einstein provides access to capital experts and speaks on topics covering entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence, and exponential technologies. Formerly a serial entrepreneur, Einstein relocated to the US and founded two health care startups- Enabled AI (The AI Mental Health App for Exponential Innovators) and Bloomer Tech (which embeds IOT sensors into fabrics to tackle cardiovascular disease). During his time in silicon valley, Einstein worked on connecting startups to Tim Draper’s venture networks and university and currently sits on Singularity University’s Advisory Board for Inclusion.  Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein was selected for Ghana’s Future Leaders Under 30 and had a diverse career in capital markets (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), military (UK), and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby). Einstein studied Economics and Policy at London School of Economics (LSE), Chinese Languages and Philosophy at Nanjing University, Faith and Theology at the Methodist Church of Britain, and acted as British Council GenUK Ambassador in India and China.

Contact:

Ghana Tech Summit Team

(E) info@GhanaTechSummit.com

(W) www.GhanaTechSummit.com

(F) www.facebook.com/Ghanatechsummit/

(T) www.twitter.com/ghanatechsummit

SFAN Unveils Star-Studded List of Speakers for Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana

When: July 26 – 28, 2018

Where: British Council Accra & Kempinski Hotel Accra

SFAN is pleased to unveil the line-up of speakers for Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana taking place from 26 – 28 July 2018.

Participants will benefit from a range of insightful high-level keynote sessions, panel sessions, masterclasses, office hours, and one-on-one mentoring sessions presented by the best and brightest entrepreneurs and professionals from Ghana, Nigeria, Silicon Valley and the U.K.

The first two days of #SEWGH is a confluence of education and entertainment and will be held at British Council Accra, with SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting – The Graduation hosted at Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel on 28th July. As part of the breakfast meeting, SFAN has partnered with Echo VC Partners to present a platform for student entrepreneurs with scalable businesses/business ideas to compete in Young Money Business Pitch leading to investment opportunities, business support and market opportunity.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Jarvis Anthony, Provost, Lancaster University

Gina Kloes, Game Changer, Leadership Expert, & Peak Performance Strategist

Abdullahi Muhammed, Forbes Contributor & CEO, Oxygemat

Afua Osei, Co-Founder, She Leads Africa

Liz Grossman, Co-Founder, Baobab Consulting

Josephine Faal, Founder, Smart & Savvy Women Ltd

Sam Carter-Mensah, Senior Experience Designer at Digital Mckinsey

Andy Mensah, Human Resource Partner, ‎IBM Ghana Limited

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Damilola Thompson, Corporate Counsel, EchoVC Partners

Leticia Browne, Director, Intelligent Capital Group

Bertha Logan-Owusu, Founder, Lumiere Couture

And many more…Click here for more information about the Agenda and Confirmed Speakers.

The theme of this year’s Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana is “Unleashing possibilities.

This is not your conventional entrepreneurship event, this is an alternative education forum! Don’t delay – register today and get up to 40% discount on early bird ticket. Limited spaces available.

Group discounts also available, click here to purchase tickets now!

 

Tuo Restaurant and Grill Opens on Ring road, Accra: 12th December 2017

We write to introduce to you, Tuo Restaurant and Grill. Located on the Ring road central precisely within Nissui house, former IPMC building, TUO restaurant is a Ghanaian owned restaurant that blends professional culinary knowledge and unparalleled passion to provide food,drinks and catering services for  hospitality revelers in Accra.

Owned and operated by Ghanaian award winning chef, social entrepreneur, Chef Elijah Addo and UK trained food safety expert Mrs. Mabel Arku Nelson, Tuo restaurant is blend of Ghanaian and foreign ingredients to create delicious traditional cuisines for which we derive our name from “Tuo Zaafi”. The millet meal from Northern Ghana.

Our menu exclusively created by Chef Elijah from specially selected ingredients sourced from known suppliers ranges from mouthwatering starters, grills including  khebabs, wakashi cheese, chicken wings  and special tuo from the known families of   omo tuo,tuo zaafi,fonio,banku and daily specialties. Our bar also serves chilled drinks and cocktails from 11am till late into the night.

Tuo restaurant and grills opens softly from 5th-8th December, 2017 for invited guests and grand opening  on Tuesday, 11th December 2017 at 11am.

At Tuo, we’re passionate about food, and about providing the highest quality of service. Whether it’s a big, business occasion, company lunch, or something more personal – a wedding, a christening, or an intimate dinner at home, we’re big enough to cope while still offering a service that’s tailored to your specific needs.
We believe in using free range and healthy ingredients from local suppliers in menus that embrace seasonal flavours and cater for heartiest appetites throughout the day.

Our services include:

–       African-American infused restaurant and grills

–       Event space and catering for all occasions

–       Staff lunch and delivery

We hope to see you at Tuo Restaurant and Grills. Contact us on  0303975485/0247223821/0270322074 or e-mail: chefelion@gmail.com

GHANA FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER BY FOOD FOR ALL AFRICA

Recently awarded social enterprise startup,Food for All Africa is organizing a  Ghana Founder’s day networking dinner for individuals,groups and stakeholder’s within Ghana’s food supply chain.

Dubbed “ Ghana’s shared responsibility to end hunger” the event is a pre-holiday commemoration of the efforts of our founding fathers to build community solving social problems. Food for All Africa operates West Africa’s first community food support program in Ghana by creating efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition through food recovery,redistribution,farming and forum using mobile and web applications that connects food to all on a common shared platform.

Their founder, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo was recently awarded by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts towards re-inventing Ghana’s food systems to overcome food waste,hunger,poverty and malnutrition.

The event which is scheduled for Monday 18th September, 2017 at  +233 Jazz bar and grill,Ridge in Accra is aimed at creating a network of socially responsive Ghanaians who  believe the right to food of vulnerable in society is a shared responsibility. For every seat reserved for the event, money is raised to feed and support 2,000 vulnerable children within Afram Plains on UN world food day 2017.

Speaking to Chef Elijah on the project he said “ As a social enterprise with a vision of creating efficient and  sustainable means of nutrition for all,we believe this project will  for the first time bring together a network of foodlovers in Ghana who believe in the right to food of all citizens. The night is going to be an infusion of Ghanaian-British dining experience with music from Six Strings,an acoustic musician known for his “sobolo and trotro palava hits”.

He  requested for support from individuals,corporate groups and reiterated the night will be the best two hours on a Monday networking dinner. Invitation is exclusively by booking and limited seats available. The event is organized by Food for All Africa with support from MaxMart Family Shopping centre, Belaqua mineral water,yum-mie noodles,meriems kitchen and +233 Jazz bar and grill.

Special guest of Honour :
His Excellency Mahamadu Bawunia and Hajia Samira Bawumia (Vice President and Second Lady of Republic of Ghana)
His Execellency Iain Walker and wife (British High Commissioner to Ghana)

For information, regular and VIP bookings please contact Eric or Eli on 0260843268/0277807462 or food4all.ghana@gmail.com

Food for All Africa is a shared social responsibility.

FOOD FOR ALL AFRICA WINS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AT GHANA STARTUP AWARDS

Food For All Africa programme has been named the social enterprise of the year at the 2017  Premium Bank  Ghana Startup Awards. The award ceremony was organized by The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) at the Movenpick Hotel on Thursday 13th July,2017.

More than 150 startups in Ghana were up for awards in various categories including Media, Agriculture, Health, Education, Social enterprise,FinTech and Technology.

The Startup awards is designed to recognize and reward the works and contributions of startups to the Ghanaian economy and also create a thriving community of startups collaborating and empowering the Startup Ecosystem.

Receiving the award on behalf of Food for All Africa programme,  #FOGAlumni Chef Elijah Amoo Addo who was recently awarded by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace was full of excitement for the impact the organization is creating within Ghana’s food supply chain.

Speaking to the media after the awards he stressed on Food for All Africa programme’s vision of creating efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in society and asked the media and all stakeholders to support them to have parliament pass the National Food Donors encouragement Bill which will ensure that the vulnerable in society have a regular means of nutrition.

He also asked that stakeholder’s support his organization’s quest to buy a mobile kitchen van which they will use for providing daily meals to the vulnerable in society. He dedicated the award to his hardworking team at Food for All and called on businesses within the food supply chain to support with their excess food since food for all is a shared social responsibility.

SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING 5.

What: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 5th Edition.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 08:00AM to 11:30AM GMT.

Where: Mercedes Café, Silver Star Tower, Accra.

Rate: Early bird: GHc 50.

Background: The world has moved from analogue to digital. People are increasingly consuming more and more digital content. Companies that haven’t factored this into their marketing plan are already behind.

Mobile gadgets have evolved from being mere alternatives for laptop and personal computers, into something that is influencing purchasing decisions of consumer according to eMarketer.

Digital marketing therefore provides a phenomenal level playing field and cost-effective way of doing business for small scale and startup business owners.

Every day there are over 500 million Tweets, 4.5 billion Likes on Facebook, and 95 million photos and videos uploaded to Instagram. Smart marketers and business owners are catching in on this fervour to engage their clients and attract prospects. In the State of Social Selling report in 2015, nearly 75% of companies that engaged in selling on social media reported an increase in sales in 12 months.

Companies using digital marketing strategies have 2.8 times better revenue growth expectancy to those who do not, Google has confirmed.

On this premise, SFAN organises this edition of Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting to bring together 100+ upwardly mobile millennial entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs for morning of networking, insights, and thought provoking conversations regarding cutting edge digital marketing strategies for explosive business growth.

 

The meeting will balance practical, hands-on content with inspiring thought leadership around the following topics:

User Acquisition:

  • Lean Branding
  • Early-stage growth Marketing
  • Affiliate marketing & partnerships
  • Viral referral marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Product marketing & UX/UI

 

Conversion Optimization:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Web analytics & A/B Testing
  • Email marketing
  • CRO & growth marketing tools
  • Mobile marketing & retargeting
  • Social Advertising & paid search marketing

 

Retention:

  • Sustainable growth strategies
  • Predictive analytics & attribution
  • Demonetization best practices
  • Growth marketing team building
  • Marketing & Sales automation
  • Account-based marketing

 

Register for an early bird ticket here. We look forward to having breakfast with you in this super cool networking environment!

Please check back for speakers.

For more information, sponsorship or clarifications, contact SFAN via call; +233 545 93 5695 or email; info@sfanonline.org.

 

HASHTAGS: #SFAN  #DIGITALMARKETING  #MARKETING  #STARSFROMALLNATIONS  #GHANA

DAY 1 Round-Up | Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit

5th July 2017, Accra International Conference Centre
Today’s focus was an entrepreneurial Ghana and focused on its economic transformation and the role the diaspora plays in that. From talks from Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance to Mr Yofi Grant of GIPC, there was a strong focus on the financial opportunities Ghana presents and the already established financial contribution of diasporans (through remittances which according to Mr Grant are greater than foreign direct investment (FDI)).
After the national anthem and an opening prayer, Mr. Alex Dadey, Chairman of the Summit Planning Committee ushered in Day 1 of the Summit by welcoming guests and emphasising the human and financial capital the diaspora brings along with experience and exposure to different ideas and perspectives.
Mr. Dadey also made several humble requests of H.E. President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo in his welcome address. This included reviewing laws and policies which restrict diaspora participation and inclusion including ROPAA. He also asked that the GDHS become institutionalised allowing for a more frequent and fruitful dialogue.
Tuga performed the #GDHS17‘s theme song live.
H.E. President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo emphasised the importance he places on the diaspora and their full inclusion to move Ghana forward. He also highlighted that the accountability of his government extends to Ghanaians overseas as well as those in country and that the Diaspora Relations Office will be crucial in facilitating this. He then stressed the importance of all Ghanaians having a stake in the country’s development in order to move the country beyond aid.
A number of talks addressed some of the realities of doing business in Ghana, the opportunities, challenges, bottlenecks, public-private partnerships (PPPs), frameworks and policy. Speakers included Mr. Djabarnor Narh, partner at EY Ghana and Mr. David Ofosu-Dortey of AB & David Rahul Gopinath of ECOM Agrotrade Ltd spoke about the changing face of entrepreneurship in Ghana and what that looks like today. According to Rahul, Ghanaian entrepreneurs needs 4 things: knowledge, mentorship, capital and enabling government policy.
Mr. Phillip Sowah spoke about institutional frameworks bring used to drive growth in capital markets and highlighted the key need to truly understand how much money Ghanaians abroad send and for what reasons. He argued that once we understand who, what and why, then financial instruments and other enabling policies can be designed to truly fit the diaspora’s needs.
Mr Yofi Grant  stated that Ghana’s GDP growth is estimated at 7%+ next year. GIPC has created a digital map highlighting the business opportunities across the 10 regions which will go online soon (no date given but shown in the PPT).
A study by EY shows that Ghana is ranked 4th for doing business in Africa and 1st in West Africa but the government intends on doing enacting business reforms including making processes digital. The aim is make Ghana the most business friendly place in Africa.
Hon. Alan Kyerematen addressed the delegation honing in on remarks made earlier in the day by Hon. Ken Ofori Atta (amongst other speakers) about moving Ghana from a taxation economy to a production economy and spoke about moving Ghana from a economy exporting raw materials to creating production lines to increase the value of our exports substantially. He spoke specifically of steel and iron which would strengthen the construction industry and increase our competitiveness.
As Ghana has a think export base, the government intends to address that through industrialisation looking to China as an example.
There were lots of interesting questions from the audience including the perceived hostility from Ghanaian nationals to those from abroad, the capacity of the energy sector, creating more efficiency at the ports, lack of information sharing and clear channels to learn more about opportunities in Ghana.
Government is keen to build a comprehensive database to understand where diasporans are located, their skills sets and how they can be utilised fruitfully.

GHANA TO PASS NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL

Chairman for Parliamentary select committee on Food, agriculture and Member of Parliament for Berekum West, Hon.Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng has lauded the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill, championed by Food for All Africa  program, and has pledged to support the development of the initiative. He inaugurated a steering committee  made up of  stakeholders from Food for All Africa,Food and Drugs Authority,Attorney Generals Department,Food and Beverage Association,Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary select committee on Food and agriculture to work on drafting the bill.

The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is an initiative that seeks to institutionalize food donation in Ghana,create compliance standards and increase attention on the role of  recovery and redistribution of food as a tool towards addressing the problem of hunger and inefficiencies within our food supply chain; particularly among street children,mentally challenged people and vulnerable communities in  Ghana.

Speaking at the launch of the program in Accra on Thursday 15th June 2017, the minister expressed gratitude and lauded the organization for championing such a “brilliant initiative”.

He added, “You don’t see this often and so I think we must encourage and support them. When you see young people trying to do things for Ghana you must be happy and encouraged, that is why I am going to support them all the way.”

He called on the youth to come up with life changing initiatives that would enhance the development of this country, saying, “we would like to see more of these initiatives from the youth in this country”.

Hon. Agyenim Boateng also pledged to ensure that this bill saw the light of day and stated that he was “personally going to help in two fronts, as chairman of food and agriculture committee, we’re going to be sponsors of this(program). The bill will come to a committee in parliament before it gets to the preliminary stage for open discussions, so we’re going to work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). I would also invite (committee members) of the ‘planting for food and jobs’ program, which is a vision of the president and a flagship program of the ministry to discuss how we can liaise with them and benefit from that program too, the essence of this program (food for all) is to donate food to the needy and food will come from excess in agricultural output so there’s clearly a connection, we have to work together”.

Executive Director of Food for All Africa programme, Mr. Elijah Amoo Addo indicated his organizations willingness to create efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana through community based initiative and reiterated their willingness to work with stakeholder’s in achieving it. He called on businesses and stakeholders within Ghana’s food supply chain to support food donation in the country.