Agricultural Development Economics
 

Publication

Title
Explaining success in reducing under-nourishment numbers in Ghana
Author
Emmanuel Aggrey-Fynn, Godsway Banini, Andre Croppenstedt, Yvonne Owusu-Agyapong, George Oduru
Publication date
18/03/2003
Abstract
In particular public sector and private formal sector employees and export farmers benefited from the complete turnaround in the macroeconomic environment and performance. Fundamentally this turnaround could not have happened without the political will to implement policies that were economically painful for many Ghanaians and which met with significant political opposition. Other indicators of food-poverty and under-nutrition suggest that while Ghana made progress in reducing hunger the achievements have not been as spectacular as indicated by FAO’s measure of under-nourishment. Or, to turn this around, the evidence would suggest that food availability is no longer the key constraint. Rather the focus must be targeted at the lack of access to food by particular occupational groups such as food farmers and in particular regions, such as the Upper East and Upper West regions. Furthermore, the anthropometric data indicate that targeted interventions at, for example, mother’s education and nutritional status, are required.
JEL Codes
05, I3, Q1