Project profile — Improving Food Security and Nutrition for Vulnerable People in Northern Ghana

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Improving Food Security and Nutrition for Vulnerable People in Northern Ghana - Overview
WFP - World Food Programme (XM-DAC-41140)
2014-03-04 - 2016-07-19
Country / region • Ghana (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (33.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural land resources (31130) (43.00%)
• Developmental Food Aid/Food Security Assistance
Food aid/food security programs (52010) (24.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to improve food security, or access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, and provide nutrition support for up to 544,000 vulnerable women, men, girls and boys in the most deprived regions of Northern Ghana. The project seeks to increase the supply of locally produced nutritious foods for school meals; provide nutrition support, such as fortified foods, to vulnerable groups; and help people in communities vulnerable to climate shocks to earn a sustainable living. Some project activities include: (i) providing nutritious food and take-home rations to students in targeted public primary schools; (ii) providing iron supplements to adolescent girls; (iii) providing rations of foods fortified with vitamins and minerals, as well as extra food to malnourished pregnant and lactating women, girls and boys, and people living with HIV; (iv) supporting the building of community assets to improve food security, such as rehabilitating small irrigation infrastructure, and planting trees; and (v) providing training to improve the income-generating skills of food-insecure groups, including households headed by women.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) increased equitable utilization of sufficient quantity and quality of food for children going to school; (ii) reduced under-nutrition among pregnant and lactating women, children under five , and people living with HIV; and (iii) enhanced livelihood and resilience of vulnerable households and communities to manage extreme weather events and risks.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2016 include:(1) 11,638 people benefited from trainings on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, which helped to improve households' resilience to climate shocks; (2) 47 dams/dug outs and fish ponds rehabilitated, which resulted in increased water availability for both domestic use and dry season agricultural activities; (3) 20,993 food insecure households received cash for their participation in the implementation of climate change adaptation activities such as the construction and rehabilitation of dams/dug outs . This enabled the households to purchase food to meet their dietary requirements, particularly during the hunger season; (4) 162,798 school children were fed hot and nutritious meals and 61,228 more school girls were provided take home food rations. This resulted in enhanced nutritional status for school children and increased school enrollment and retention of pupils, particularly girls in basic schools; (5) 206,815 beneficiaries received fortified and nutritious foods as well as information on nutrition and dietary diversity. This contributed to a reduction in the proportion of women with low body mass index (BMI) from 9.1 percent to 6 percent, and an increase in the recovery rate of malnourished children from 65 percent to 85.6 percent; (6) 720 local government staff, as well as 277 caterers received capacity building in the management of school meals program; (7) 6,547mt of food purchased and distributed of which 3,516mt procured locally from 181 local suppliers. This created markets for these small holder farmers and enhanced their ability to transition from subsistence farming to farming as a business, with WFP providing the main market; (8) households with acceptable food consumption score improved from 60 percent to 82.2 percent; (9) women and men's perception of their improved nutrition and food security status increased from 78 percent to 86. These results contribute to the improvement of food security and access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for the most vulnerable in Northern Ghana.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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