Launch of Gender and Agricultural Development Strategy (GADS) II: 2016
With a mandate to integrate gender concerns in policies, programmes and projects of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, WIAD launched the Gender and Agricultural Development Strategy (GADS II) on 23rd January, 2016.
Baseline Survey on Gender and Agriculture: 2015
Training for Hershey and Amajaro
WIAD organized a training of trainers’ (ToT) workshop on gender in Kumasi for WIAD REgional Staff on behalf of the HERSEHEY Company and ARMAJARO Ghana Limited staff under the Cocoa Livelihood Programme. The participants were selected from Sankori, Sefwi, Asankragua, Bibiani, Samreboi, Asawenso number 2, Assin Fosu, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Bogoso, Wassa Akropong and Antoakrom.
WIAD has facilitated the mentoring of twelve (12) women agroprocessors in eight (8) out of the ten (10) regions and they have won Best Agro Processor Awards at District, Regional and National level Farmers Day.
Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Debriefing
As a follow up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) held in Rome in 2014, WIAD organized a meeting in Accra to strengthen the multi-sectorial collaboration Framework for action and the Rome declaration. WIAD and stakeholders from other sectors informed policy makers on the target areas of nutrition, and the intermediate milestones to be integrated for speeding up the decline of malnutrition in all its forms. The time frame for implementation was given as 2015 to 2025.
Draft Agricultural Sector Nutrition Action Plan
With support from the UN Renewed Effort Against Ending Child Hunger (REACH) of the World Food Program (WFP), WIAD in collaboration with other directorates and MDA’s drafted an Agricultural Sector Nutrition Action Plan for the implementation of the National Nutrition Policy.
Promoting the consumption/utilization of Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP)
OFSP, is high in beta-carotene (50,000 IU/100g), which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Daily consumption of 30grams is enough to meet the vitamin A requirement of the body and this can support efforts towards the eradication of Vitamin A deficiency in the country. Bakers, farmers and processors have been trained to incorporate OFSP into various products and local dishes (banku, kenkey, Tuo-zaafi), bread and other confectioneries, and also in the production of drinks.
Yellow Fleshed Cassava
WIAD in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Nuclear Research Institute (BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) carried out sensory evaluation on the yellow-fleshed cassava (YFC) leaves which is also very high in carotene and can reach levels of 13,000 -16,000 IU and the effects of storage on acceptability.
Quinoa utilization in Ghana
WIAD carried out Sensory Evaluation on Quinoa under media coverage. Quinoa is highly nutritious pseudo-grain much like buck wheat and akin to the Andrean region of the southern Americas. In the various food forms, quinoa was highly acceptable and should be promoted to support optimum nutrition. WIAD is working with FAO and the Directorate of Crops Services on this activity.
Support to Nutrition Training in Rice Growing Communities
WIAD partnered Technoserve to support Nutrition Education for Rice growing communities in the Upper East Region: Bolgatanga, Bongo and Navrongo; Northern Region: Chereponi, Gushiegu, Kumbungu, Saboba, Sagnerigu, Savelugu, Tamale Metro, Yendi; Volta Region: Afife, Bakpe No. 1, Golokwati, Kpassa, Likpe, Tafi, Weta, Worawora; and the Greater Accra Region: Asutsuare. Training materials were developed by the Nutrition and Food Science Department of the University of Ghana and funding from the GIZ.
Improved Slaughtering of Poultry
WIAD is also working to improve on Market service which involves primary processing of food products at the points of sale into convenient forms. WIAD collaborated with the Regional Agricultural Development Unit and the Veterinary Services Directorate to set up a mini slaughtering facility to process birds purchased on site by the public during the Christmas festivities. Volunteers who hitherto handled the carcass poorly were trained and provided with stainless steel tables, aprons and disposable caps in addition to hand washing and proper management of blood and other waste. This ensured the sale of high quality slaughtered poultry meat to customers which was highly commended.
Sensitization on Palm oil Adulteration with Sudan III & IV dyes
WIAD collaborated with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on a 15-day market surveillance mission in the Greater Accra Region in response to the widespread adulteration of palm oil in major markets. Sensitization using the MoFA Information Van was done to educate the general public and traders. The practice of adulteration has since ceased and the confidence of the general public restored to resume patronage of the product.
WIAD collaborated with the Ghana Standards Authority on the development of Pictorial Standards and manuals for Maize, Soybean and Rice.
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
WIAD is collaborating IWMI on the Invest in Water Project focussing on Agricultural Water Management (small reservoirs for multi-purpose use and resource recovery reuse) in the White Volta basin in the Upper East Region. The special interest for WIAD is the Gender dimension.
WIAD has been working closely with Urban and Peri urban farmers and traders to ensure safe supply of vegetables for consumers. WIAD has carried studies on emerging trends in urban agriculture as well as trading related issues on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Greater Accra Region.
WIAD is the coordinator for the Thematic Group 2 of the Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) of the METASIP and has completed a ToR on Land for Changing Access and Use Pattern of Land in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas: A Threat to Agricultural Production.
A collaborator who differentiated her product (gari) by adding garlic, coconut, pawpaw, ginger and soybean was supported by WIAD to carry out Organoleptic tests for the different flavours.
Instant Gari fortor
A Collaborator from Mafi Norgbedzikope Electroral Area in the Tongu Central District of the Volta Region has produced instant Gari fortor (Gari mixed with Gravy) a quick fix for consumers.t Interestingly, this is a man who buys only high quality gari for the production of the new product which is being exported.
Production of Recipe manuals
Recipe Manuals on Composite Flours from Yam, Water Yam, Cassava, sweet Potato, Rice, soybean have been produce in collaboration with the Food Research Institute (FRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Caterers, processors and institutions from Tano South and Sunyani West Districts trained in the use of composite (40% Cassava: 60% wheat flour) flour were monitored.
Exposure Visits to Good Practice Centers
Quality products and processing operations for agro processors is very important for WIAD and with support from West Africa Agric Productivity Program (WAAPP), exposure visits for Cassava Processors and Mill Operators as well as other officials of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (Agriculture, Environmental Health officers, Planners, community Development) in all the ten (10) Regions was organised. This is to help stakeholders appreciate the income potential in process and product upgrade.
The Kokormu Processing Center in the Eastern Region has been supported to use the cassava peels as feedstuff and also as substrate for mushroom production.
Labour Saving Equipment
WAAPP has supported with the manufacture and distribution of 20 mechanical cassava peelers to high capacity processors in Ashanti (5), Brong Ahafo (6), Central (2), Eastern (2), Greater Accra (1), Northern (1), Volta (3). Five thousand (5000) Hand peelers have been given out to processors in all the regions.
The WIAD National Office plays an active role in the planning and commemoration of the National Farmers Day. The high-point was the acquisition of an exhibition stand to display various appealing food products and innovative packaging options.
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