Bad nutrition is biggest challenge in the north – USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has observed that nutrition is one of the biggest challenges confronting people in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West Regions.

To help address this, USAID is investing $ 50 million out of a total of $ 150 million spent annually countrywide to improve agriculture and nutrition in the three regions.

USAID has therefore through its Feed the Future (FTF) Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project has introduced a technology known as the ‘Soy-cow’ technology capable of processing soya beans into very nutritious milk drink.

Inspecting one of such technology in Wa during a working visit, Mr Andy Karas, USAID Acting Ghana Mission Director said the FTF ATT project is committed to find the best technology to support women farmers to increase agriculture production and improve household incomes and nutritional values.

He said in Ghana USAID operated in areas such as economic empowerment, health, education and good governance with special focus on agriculture targeting women farmers because of their key role in supporting household incomes.

Mr Karas said USAID is working with many local partners to achieve its project goals and commended private sector partnership and contribution to the realisation of its vision and mission in Ghana.

Mr Mike Dockrey, Chief of Party, ATT project praised women contribution to agriculture in the country especially in the three regions, hence, the commitment of the project to support them with innovative technology that would reduce the suffering they go through using the traditional method of farming to increase production.

Baaro Enterprise, a private investor taking charge of the operations of the technology in the Upper West Region buys soya beans from the women farmers to produce the soya milk using the ‘Soy-cow’ technology.

Mrs Arahiatu Adinan, the operator of the technology in an interview with Ghana News Agency commended USAID for providing training on how to operate the technology.

“I often produce about 100 bottles of soya milk per day and sell everything at the market,” she said. GNA

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