His Excellency, John Kufuor, to speak in parliament on the importance of food security initiatives to protect the poor

World Food Prize Laureate, His Excellency, John Kufuor, to speak in parliament on the importance of food security initiatives to protect the poor

At a parliamentary discussion next Wednesday 8th February, former president of Ghana and winner of the World Food Prize 2011, H.E John Kufuor, will outline why school feeding programmes have the potential to help millions of communities currently living in poverty. 

On the acceptance of the 2011 World Food Prize, H.E. Kufuor called on both governments and partners to put social justice at the heart of their agendas saying, “it is clear that without meeting the needs of families for food we cannot meet our wider ambitions for the world.”

Next week’s discussion held at the Houses of Parliament entitled, ‘Linking local agriculture, nutrition and education: Innovations to improve food security’, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development and the Partnership for Child Development, will focus on improving global initiatives to increase food security. Specifically, this is set to bring leading experts and UK parliamentarians together to discuss ways to improve school feeding implementation in low and middle income countries.

These initiatives have the potential to bring us closer to UN Millennium Development Goal 1: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, before 2015. As the global population is set to rise to nine billion by 2050, from nearly seven billion today, ensuring that food is affordable, accessible and nutritious as well as protecting the poor from increases in food price and climate change has become of vital importance. 

Appropriately designed school feeding programmes have been shown to increase access to education and learning, and improve children’s health and nutrition, especially when integrated into comprehensive school health and nutrition programmes. At the same time these programmes can provide a regular and reliable income for smallholder farmers by investing in the use of locally-produced food for school feeding. 

The Partnership for Child Development which launched its five year Home Grown School Feeding Initiative in 2009, supports government action to deliver cost effective school feeding programmes sourced from local farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The meeting will also be attended by Lead Health Specialist from the World Bank, Professor Don Bundy, Food and Nutrition Advisor, from The New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), Dr. Boitshepo Giyose among Dfid representatives and other specialists in the field.

Having successfully launched the Ghanaian School Feeding Programme in 2005 during his presidency, H.E. Kufuor’s leadership has been hailed as fundamental to cutting the proportion of Ghanaian people who suffer from hunger as well as those living on less than $1 a day. This was particularly recognised last year when H.E Kufuor was given the World Food Prize Award – an honour bestowed upon only the most decorated of food security advocates. 

The APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development regularly holds meetings in UK Parliament to explore and stimulate discussions on contemporary issues. Next week’s dialogue offers the opportunity for parliamentarians, civil servants, selected academics and other representatives of civil society to hear and discuss ways in which the Ghana model can be used as an example of best practice to increase global food security. 

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Notes to Editors 

The Parliamentary Panel Discussion ‘Linking Local Agriculture, Nutrition & Education: Innovations to Improve Food Security’ will take place on Wednesday 8th February from 6 – 7.30pm in Committee Room 10 of the Houses of Parliament.

HGSF is highlighted in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (NEPAD) vision for nationally owned, sustainable programmes aimed at improving the food security of small holder farmers, many of whom are women. They are guiding governments to include HGSF as a key intervention within the food security pillar of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) framework. http://hgsf-global.org/  

The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) is a global consortium of civil society organizations, academic institutions and technical experts, with a Coordinating Centre based within the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College in London. Since the creation of PCD in 1992, it has been at the forefront of harmonizing multi-sectorial efforts to enable low-income countries to implement effective, scaled, and sustainable school health and nutrition programmes. www.child-development.org    

The All Parliamentary Panel Group on Agriculture and Food for Development - The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was established by Parliamentarians in October 2008 in response to growing concerns over the heightening food crisis and a steady decline in the funding of agricultural research for international development at both bilateral and multilateral levels.

His Excellency John Kufuor, Former President of Ghana and 2011 World Food Prize Laureate, implemented major economic and educational policies that increased the quality and quantity of food to Ghanaians, enhanced farmers’ incomes, and improved school attendance and child nutrition through a nationwide feeding program. 

Professor Don Bundy, Lead Health Specialist, the World Bank – Professor Bundy has been a pioneer in raising the profile of school health and HIV prevention on the agendas of governments and development partners. Before joining the World Bank, he was a Professor of Epidemiology at Oxford University.  

Dr Boitshepo Giyose, Food and Nutrition Advisor, The New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). Dr Giyose is the Senior Food and Nutrition Security Advisor for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which is a programme of the African Union. She is responsible for planning, and advising high level officials on food and nutrition security matters and policy direction while advocating with the UN and other organizations with a commitment to improve food security and nutrition in Africa. 


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