The capital city of Ghana, Accra, is one of the wealthiest and most modern cities on the continent, and is currently experiencing a period of rapid growth and urbanization.

Although the country’s GDP continues to rise with oil production, gold mining and other industries, the majority of this wealth is not distributed among the population due to high corruption.

As a result, most of Ghana’s poor live in rural areas without basic services such as health care and clean water. Small-scale farmers, who are affected most by rural poverty in Ghana, depend on outdated farming tools and lack access to improved seeds and fertilizers to increase crop yields.

Formerly a British colony, in 1957, Ghana (bordered by the Côte D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo) became the first colonial country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence.

After a period of turbulence, with several military coups, a stable democracy was established in the 1990’s and remains to this day.

Mr. Emmanuel Seck, whose eda energie has been working with TerrAfrica to improve civil society involvement in sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa, says,
today, land productivity in the country is declining further, as the impact of climatic change and it’s events increase. This is however, a big threat related to our productivity and our food security.

The ravaging impact of land and water degradation as well as this climate change, is found across the whole agricultural value chain in Africa.

Therefore, we need to manage our lands and water bodies well enough in the current situation. The sad truth is that, the dominant illegal mining activities around the country contributes largely to the problems affected most of our communities.

In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicenter Strategy. An epicenter is a dynamic center of community mobilization and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members.

Through the Epicenter Strategy, 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages, giving villages more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have while also increasing a community’s ability to collectively utilize resources.

The epicenter building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organizations.

Over an eight-year period, an epicenter addresses hunger and poverty and moves along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.

There are 49 epicenter communities in Ghana, reaching approximately 545 villages and 338,061 people. The Hunger Project has been working in Ghana since 1995 and is empowering community partners to end their own hunger and poverty.

Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicenter Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with partners to successfully access the basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and lead lives of self-reliance.

The program seeks to lead lives into areas like Infrastructure,
Women’s Empowerment Program, Food Security,
Literacy and Education,
Health and Nutrition,
Water, Sanitation and the Environment, Microfinance and Economic Activity,
Mobilizing People and Resources and
Monitoring and Evaluationin, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Source : Sammy Adjei / Newsghana.com.gh

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