Deputy Minister for Railways Development and Member of Parliament for Berekum West, Kwaku Agyenim Boateng has lauded the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill, championed by the ‘food for all Ghana’ program, and has pledged to support the development of the initiative.
The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is an initiative that seeks to 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 and mentally challenged people on the streets of 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, I am chairman of the Agriculture and cocoa affairs committee so 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 laisse 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”.
The cost of hunger in Ghana report by the National Development Planning commission in 2016 shows that Ghana loses Gh4.6 billion, which is equivalent to 6/4% GDP annually to hunger among children and about 24% of all child mortality cases in the country are associated with under nutrition.