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04.04.2006 General News

Partnership ideal for MDGs

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Lamboya(UER), April 04, GNA - Food Security Policy Advocacy Network (Food-SPAN), an NGO established to promote sustainable food security, on Tuesday organised a day's sensitisation forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) for the people of Lamboya in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

It was organised in collaboration with Action Aid International Ghana (AAIG) and the Centre For Community Development Initiatives (CODI), another local NGO.

Under the Food SPAN programme, the country is subdivided into three zones, namely the Northern, Middle and Southern zones, for effective and efficient operation and administration.

Speaking at the forum Mr Samuel Abasiba, Secretary in charge of Food SPAN programme in the Northern Zone, stressed the need for partnership between Government, Communities and Civil Organisations to achieve objectives of the MDGs.

He said Government agricultural policies should target small-scale farmers who had low revenue due to export-oriented agriculture dominated by rich farmers.

Mr Abasiba called on the Government to pay more attention to rural agriculture, which was very crucial to attain food security and poverty reduction.

He appealed to Government to enforce legislative instruments on deforestation and destruction of water bodies. This, he noted, would help maintain the ecosystem and generate income for the rural poor.

Mr Abasiba urged community leaders to enforce laid down traditional structures and customs to combat environmental degradation associated with perennial bush burning and felling of trees. He said civil society organisations should embark on continuous and sustainable sensitisation programmes on the MDGs to enable the people understand the enormous benefits that could be derived from the concept when fully implemented.

Mr Joseph Yao Degbedzui, Senior Programme Officer in charge of AAIG's Food Rights, said development efforts throughout the world were geared towards poverty reduction and elimination of injustices to pave the way for everyone to enjoy the right to life with dignity. Mr Paul Siameh, Bawku West District Director of Agriculture, said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture had initiated measures to mechanize agicultural production to encourage people, particularly the youth, to go into farming. He said this could enable the Government achieve its MDGs targets. 04 April 06