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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan held meetings, January 9 -11, with key stakeholders involved in the Jumpstarting Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) project ongoing in Ghana. They also made field visits, interacting with project beneficiaries in Ghana’s central and the greater Accra area. Participants included CIP staff in Ghana, representatives from the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, donors and private sector actors such as processors currently involved in promoting the breeding and consumption of OFSP.

 

They highlighted progress made towards sustainable and inclusive market driven approaches for OFSP in the country that led to increased incomes and improved health through consumption of Vitamin A-rich OFSP, especially in women and children. The three-year Jumpstart project winds up in 2017. Jumpstart is supported by a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Learn more from the Annan visit on 9th to 11th January from the slideshow below:

 

 

credit: E. Carey

Annans at Moree Junction, a well-known road-side source of sweetpotato and kenkey for travelers. They spoke to vendors of OFSP and gari (a popular cassava product) in this case, nutritionally enhanced with OFSP. Photo: E. Carey (CIP)

Kofi and Nane Annan at Coconut Grove Hotel in Elmina where they held discusssions with approximately 35 value chain actors from the Cape Coast and Western regions. Participants also shared their OFSP experiences and plans. Various local dishes were displayed, all containing OFSP. Read more about this meeting herePhoto: R. Ackatia Armah (CIP)
In Ghana's Central region, the Annan's  visited a cassava and sweetpotato processing factory at Abura Dunkwa on Cape Coast road. This is where one of the major growers has been producing OFSP flour used in various food products. Some of the products were on display. Photo: E. Carey (CIP)
Visit to Mankessim bakery where production of OFSP bread is beginning.  Photo shows the Annan's together with some of the workers at the bakery and CIP staff. Photo: E. Carey (CIP)
Photo: R. Ackatia Armah (CIP)

Modern sweetpotato processing equipment at the Food Research Institute. They are building a bakery/puree processing unit where the modern sweetpotato processing equipment will be housed and used for product development research, training and business incubation. Photo: R. Ackatia Armah (CIP)

Modern sweetpotato processing equipment at the Food Research Institute. They are building a bakery/puree processing unit where the modern sweetpotato processing equipment will be housed and used for product development research, training and business incubation. Photo: E. Carey (CIP)

Tour of Eden Tree, Ltd. A fresh produce marketer (primarily to supermarkets) that has a “state of the art” facility for washing and packing fresh and semi-processed (fresh cut) produce, most of it sourced from local farmers. Has about 30 employees . Eden Tree packages fresh and semi-processed produce for supermarkets. Photo: E. Carey (CIP)

Nane and Koffi Annan concluded the visit by hosting a luncheon and round table discussion with various stakeholders engaged in OFSP value chains. A key topic discussed was on whether businesses see OFSP as part of their plans. 

 

We enjoyed every bit of  this trip. The meeting at Coconut Grove with representatives from the Ministry, farmers, processors, all engaged and involved, the stops on the road back to Accra seeing the entrepreneurial spirit of Ghanaians, visit to the Food&Research Institute which already is actively on board, and finally  lunch with GASIP, donors and the business sector”, said Nane Annan at the end of the trip. 

 

 

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