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ACCRA TO HOST THE FIRST FOOD FOR ALL GHANA CONFERENCE

Accra is to host the first Food for All Ghana conference from the 26th-27th May, 2016 at the Ghana International Press Centre. The two days conference on the theme: “SDG 2 and 12! Creating sustainable means of nutrition is a shared responsibility” would focus on issues of food availability, losses, wastage, accessibility, stability, food supply chain and utilization with much emphasis on food recovery  along our food supply chain and community farming. This would highlight the need for integrated approaches from public-private partnerships with the goal of launching cross-sectoral alliance and establishing concrete commitments to reduce food loss and waste throughout our food supply chain.

The first day of the conference will see the Vice President of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur launching “my right to food” campaign, a program which will educate Ghanaians on the universal rights and responsibility on caring for the vulnerable in society. The campaign is also aimed at raising funds along the supply chain to create sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana and encourage efficiency within our food supply chain to reduce food wastage and hunger in Ghana.

There will be a public and private stakeholder’s dialogues aimed at finding lasting solutions to inefficiencies within our food supply chain and also create a network for stakeholders. New opportunities within the food supply chain will be explored.

The second day of the conference will have the Chief Executive Officer of Food and Drugs Authority delivering a presentation on the economic and social benefits of food recovery in Ghana and a presentation by UNICEF Ghana on  attaining the United Nations Sustainable Goals 2 and 12.

The conference which is been organized by the Food for All Africa program headed by 2016 Future of Ghana pioneer Elijah Amoo Addo  with participation from both public and private organizations such as the FDA,Standards Authority, SAVE FOOD,UNICEF Ghana,FAO,Food and Beverage Association of Ghana, Ghana Hotels Association, Ministry of Food and Agriculture,CHRAJ,Dept. of social welfare and other stakeholders is strictly by invitation and is giving stakeholders and startups the opportunity to exhibit their products and innovative services centred on the Ghanaian food supply chain. For invitation, visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-food-for-all-ghana-conference-launch-of-myright2food-campaign-tickets-23712695310

 

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COHORTS OF YALI WEST AFRICA RLC FEEDS THE VULNERABLE IN ACCRA DURING EASTER PERIOD

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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Future of Ghana 2016 Pioneer Elijah Amoo Addo shares his YALI Experience AT The Opening ceremony of Cohort 3 of the YALI West Africa RLC

My passion for feeding the vulnerable in society, show of leadership potential and luck got me selected as part of the first cohort of the President Obama Young African Leadership Initiative, West Africa RLC.As an orphan who could only afford to dream of University education, the joy of been selected as a 1st cohort of RLC was so overwhelming however attending the 5 weeks residential training at GIMPA came with the biggest challenge of my life.

My boss gave me the option of letting go of my participation in the program or quit the job. A job I loved so much by then. I was the head chef of Accra’s finest gourmet burger restaurant, a position that every vocational student dreams to attain. Being a “doctor in the kitchen” was the closest have ever come in achieving my child dream of been a medical doctor. Whenever am in my white chef’s jacket and rolling my knives I see myself as a doctor in my theatre and that brought me far.

I was crazy enough to decide attending to the YALI RLC without knowing what life would be for me after the 17 weeks training. My friends told me am getting crazy about this whole Food for All Ghana campaign and it was because a mentally challenged man inspired me to pursue the vision of creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable.

Knowing what I had to sacrifice before coming to the RLC, I gave in my all. I told advantage of the facilities, teachers, mentors and curriculum that Dr. Victor Osei, Director of the RLC put at our disposal.

At the RLC, I met some of Africa’s next generation of leaders. I also learn’t from their experiences in their respective countries and had the opportunity of meeting some of Africa’s greatest leaders including Leymah Gbowee,Former President Jerry Rawlings,Former President J.A. Kufour and many others.

Being a once in a life time opportunity, I took advantage of my stay at the RLC to involve my colleagues in volunteering on my Food for All Ghana program. We volunteered, fed and inspired 504 inmates of the Psychiatric hospital, a memory that always linger on.

My experience at the RLC shaped me and my enterprise to become West Africa’s first food banker. Today I fully run the Food for All Ghana Program, a food recovery initiative that creates sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable through food banking, farming and forum for stakeholders in our food supply chain. I also run a profit making social enterprise called SDG 2 Farms where we buy farm produce of rural farmers at a fair price and sell to stakeholders in urban communities.

Had it not been for President Barack Obama, I wonder how my journey as a social entrepreneur would be like. If am to meet President Obama, I would cook him my best recipe and would let him know how he shaped my destiny without even knowing me. That is the kind of leaders, we need in Africa.”A leader whose actions impact people he has never seen or met before.” Am a proud product of the YALI West Africa RLC and would always impact my society.

Elijah Amoo Addo

 

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