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Regional News of Friday, 1 June 2018

Source: Daniel Kaku

Hunger Project-Ghana celebrates 'World Hunger Day' at Kyempo

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The Hunger Project-Ghana, an NGO on Tuesday joined the community members of Asante Akyem Kyempo in the Juaso Municipality of the Ashanti Region to mark World Hunger Day.

World Hunger Day, an initiative by the Hunger Project which started in 2011, aims at celebrating sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty.

This year, the day highlighted the importance of fostering self-reliance, upholding principles of human dignity and recognizing that every human is inherently creative, resourceful, responsible and productive.

The celebration on May 28 at Kyempo saw many residents enlightened with the importance of eradicating hunger through farming.

The country's director of Hunger Project Ghana, Erasmus Samuel Afrane explained that, more than 815 million people in the world do not have enough food to eat.

In Ghana, there was a severe hunger in 1983 which many died and others fell in the pool of malnutrition and this according to him says, never again.

Mr. Afrane added that about 50% of people living in poverty are farmers; which the cause was attributed to only ''self-sufficient farming'' by the farmers.

''Some farmers do not regard farming as a business and therefore only weed for short term sufficiency. Again, they (farmers) eat leftover farm produce and sell the worthy ones at the markets which sometimes cause them bulimia'' he quizzes.

"Youth indulgence in farming has not impressive nowadays and he therefore entreated farmers to adopt modern way of farming to make it magnetic, and to eschew primitive thinking of farming for its betterment", he added.

"Some of the inscription on the placards carried by some students in the area were ''support efforts to end hunger on a sustainable basis, each year 2 million children die through hunger, promote programs to prevent hunger, 50% of people hungry are farmers, a hungry man is not a free person'', he said.

Project officer of the area, Mr. Solomon Amoakwah, also strengthened the need for farmers to embrace the business as a lucrative venture for living and admonished them to seek financial aid from Hunger Project whenever necessary.

Outlining some of the assistance by the NGO to the area, he said, Epicenter with library, clinic among others, has been built for Kyempo community, also, 10 rooms of canopies and 250 chairs have also been provided them, 40 mattresses have also been added to make profit them when used for hiring.

The Epicentre chairman of the area Mr. Adobaw Arthur on behalf of his various animators was grateful the NGO for their support and organizing such a fascinating program at Kyempo.

Chief and elders alongside residents in the area were in their numbers to grace the occasion.
Poets and drama on farming and bush fires were presented by students at the program.

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