Centre for Climate Change praises farmers

By
Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Kumasi, Oct. 17, GNA – The Centre for Climate
Change and Food Security (CCCFS), has congratulated Ghanaian farmers for their
hard work and commitment to ensuring food availability in the midst of numerous
challenges.

A statement issued by the Centre and copied to
the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to mark World Food Day said food was a basic human
right and it was imperative for every country including Ghana to invest in
efforts to maintain a resilient climate-compatible agriculture and food systems
among other challenges, to boost food security.

It said this was the way to go to sustain the
interest of the Country’s food crop farmers, which seemed to be waning due to
the changing and unfavourable weather conditions’ fluctuations in market
prices, as well as lack of ready market for their produce.

The World Food Day is a day set aside to show
commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, which aims among other
things to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

The statement signed by Sulemana Issifu, CCCFS
Research Director said achieving the 17 SDGs would never come to pass if “we do
not end hunger, maintain sustainable, resilient climate-compatible agriculture
and food systems”.

“The CCCFS is not concerned about just the
availability of food but accessibility by many Ghanaians as our research
suggests that access to food was not that easy in the Country”, the statement
said.

Making references to buttress this, the
statement pointed to its research conducted in the Brong Ahafo and the three
regions of the north which indicated that farmers were abandoning their
farmlands not because they were not interested in farming, but because they
could no longer deal with the changing weather and lack of market for their
produce.

This, the statement said resulted in a worrying
trend where families in farming communities who used to engage both in
subsistence and commercial farming, were surviving by buying food stuff instead
of cultivating.

On the International scene, the statement said
out of the 129 countries monitored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation
(FAO), 72 had already achieved the target of halving the proportion of people
who suffer from hunger by 2015.

“Over the past 20 years, the likelihood of a
child dying before the age of five has been nearly cut down by half, with about
17,000 children saved every day. Extreme poverty has also been cut down by half
since 1990.

GNA

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