Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto chaired the final closing session of the International Conference on the West African Food Security Storage System which was hosted in Accra from April 28 to May 10, 2021.
The conference, which was largely held via zoom and was participated by all Ministers of Agriculture of the 15-Member ECOWAS states, discussed, amongst others, the challenges confronting Food security and storage in the West African sub-region.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto used the occasion to throw more light on the infrastructural and the institutional reforms that have taken place since 2017 in addressing the myriad of challenges that had bedeviled the country under the previous administration.
Amongst other initiatives, Government has since 2017 increased the capacity of the warehouse storage system from barely 38,000metric tons to almost 120,000 metric tons with the construction of additional 81, 000 metric tonnes capacity warehouses across the country.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto also highlighted the successes chalked under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme and how Ghana is playing leadership role in addressing food security, in terms of becoming the bread basket in the West African sub-region.