Researchers from the McGill University and the University of Ghana supported by the Canadian government, Heifa Ghana and World Vision have rolled out a 5-year community health improvement program in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region. The program seeks to build the capacities of the local people in nutrition and ensure food security in the area while providing them with a source of livelihood.
At the launch of the program on Wednesday at the University of Ghana Nutrition Research Training Centre at Asesewa, district capital of the Upper Many Krobo District, the Member of Parliament for the Upper Manya Constituency, Hon. Jeff Tettey Kavienu in an interview said the project meant a lot to the district and that it was important for the capacities of the local people to be built to ensure a higher standard of living.
The District Chief Executive of the area, Mr. Joseph Tetteh Angmor whose speech was read on his behalf by a representative of the district pledged his unflinching support towards the program, saying he’ll do all he can in his capacity to ensure the program becomes a success.
“My enthusiasm is as a result of what the program seeks to achieve. That is to integrate capacity building, nutrition, agriculture, microfinancing and education interventions to enhance the wellbeing of households and communities in the district”
“The district is relatively young and deprived and its rural setting and levels of poverty of the people means that much more efforts and interventions are needed to make conditions better for the people citizens of the district. That is why I full and for that matter the assembly fully supports this project which ultimately aims at bringing enhancement in the wellbeing of households and communities in the district”
Keynote speaker of the event, Dr. Frederick Gyebi-Twum, the regional director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in his speech expressed optimism in the prospects of the program saying that its great benefits deserved all the supports from his outfit.
The program will feature poultry raising, kitchen gardens, nutrition education and micro-financing as a means of expanding the diversity of foods grown and provide local families with incomes from sale of poultry products.
The implementation of the 5-year program will be done together with some local NGOs in the district.
Meanwhile, the leader of the delegation from McGill University in Montreal Canada revealed to 233 Live News that the Canadian government had injected over 3 million Canadian dollars into the project which will be run as pilot.