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Ghana: Artwork – Tool for Fighting Food Insecurity
Public Agenda (Accra)
4 May 2007
Posted to the web 7 May 2007
Progressively, artwork is emerging as a pivotal aspect of winning the war against hunger. It is being used to create awareness about food security across the the globe through the collaborative efforts of the three United Nations food agencies: the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In addition, Artwork is being used to raise funds to provide food aid for the world’s 1.1 billion extremely poor people, three quarters of who live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their survival.
In Ghana, the WFP, FAO and IFAD share the vision of supporting the building of a food-secure country through a twin track approach: provision in the short term of assistance to hungry households to meet their education, health and nutrition needs; and building medium and long term sustainable livelihoods through agricultural and rural development. Most of their activities are centered in the three northern regions where child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are still cause for concern, although “Ghana is one of the few sub-Saharan African countries to have reached the first MDG of halving hunger by 2015, in terms of undernourishment,” Trudy Bower-Pirinis, the WFP Representative in Ghana said recently. Seeing, that the success or otherwise, of their efforts in Ghana is largely dependent on awareness creation, the three agencies have, either directly or indirectly been working together with the Foundation for Contemporary Art (FCA) to produce artworks that will drum home the crucial need for food security.