Participants of the 2016 cohort of YALI West Africa regional leadership centre over the Easter weekend last week, volunteered on the Food for All Ghana community service program to recover food, feed and create sustainable means of nutrition for over one thousand vulnerable children, mentally challenged, aged and head potters in Accra.
The project begun on Saturday with a “Share your breakfast” feeding program at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, where forty-five youth drawn from eight West African countries volunteered by cooking breakfast to serve all four hundred and eighty-five inmates of the hospital. The team then planted crops on a 1.5 hectare garden for the Accra psychiatric hospital.
Executive Director of the Food for All Ghana Program and 2016 Future of Ghana Pioneer, Elijah Amoo Addo reiterated their vision to create sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Africa through food recovery and farming. ” All humans in respective of their race or financial background has a right to food and it is only through a shared collaboration that the vulnerable in Ghana can be fed. Hunger can be reduced in Ghana if stakeholders support the Food for All vision and therefore entreat all stakeholders within the food supply chain to support and participate in the first Food for All Ghana conference scheduled in May 2016 to create efficient food supply chain” he added.
A participant of the YALI RLC, Ceesay Binta from the Gambia expressed her willingness to volunteer on a food program that seeks to create sustainable means of nutrition for Africans.”Coming to Ghana to serve the vulnerable in community is very overwhelming. Food security in Africa can be attained if we look at the food wastage occurring across our food supply chain and Food for All has really showed my colleagues and I how we could address this in our respective countries. Attaining the UN SDG 2 Goal in Africa requires collective efforts from stakeholders within our food supply chain and Food for All Ghana is a platform that stakeholders must take advantage of to create sustainable means of nutrition.
Participants and the Food for All Ghana team then recovered Gh¢25,000 worth of food products to feed over one thousand children, mentally challenged and head potters on the streets of Accra central on Easter Monday.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The Founder of Food for All Africa Program is an alumnus of the first cohort of the YALI West Africa RLC.
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