Sunday, May 10, 2009


A THREE-MEMBER team from the World Food Programme (WFP) has paid a working visit to the Bonsaso UN Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region to interact with farmers’ groups.
The visit was to collaborate with the MVP on how best the WFP could support the farmers to improve production.
The Executive Director of the WFP, Mrs Jessitee Sheeran, told journalists after touring the site that the project had the potential to improve the living conditions of the people in its operational areas.
The MVP, an initiative of the United Nations, was aimed at reducing poverty in the Amansie West District through agriculture, health and other related programmes and projects.
Mrs Sheeran said Africa could produce more food to feed its people, given the necessary support.
Consequently, she pledged the continuous support of the WFP in that regard.
Mrs Sheeran said even though one out of every six children in Africa was malnourished, she was hopeful that the continent would be able to reduce malnourishment if it increased food production.
The Cluster Manager of the MVP, Mr Samuel Asare Afram, who welcomed the visiting team, thanked them for the visit and expressed the hope that something useful would come out of their visit.
He said the project had made significant impact on the lives of the people of Amansie West, which was considered as the most deprived district in the country.
Mr Afram stated that the district had not recorded any maternal deaths since 2007 due to the involvement of the MVP in improved access to healthcare including free medical services and the provision of two community-based ambulances to ensure rapid emergency response.

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