Professor Nana Essilfie-Conduah, National Media Commission Member, says acute anaemia of expertise in press reportage in Africa is very worrisome.
He said the phenomenon runs through state policy to small scale or subsistence farm gate and welfare of the persons as well as the ecosystems and trade.
?The blame must be shared evenly between the public who are hardly interested and journalism for being infected through the years,? Prof Essilfie-Conduah said in Accra at the weekend, during a media seminar on the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to be held in Rome from November 19- November 21.
ICN2 will bring together senior national policymakers from agriculture, health and other international organisations and civil society organisations, researchers, the private sector and consumers.
The day?s seminar under the auspices of Ghana News Agency (GNA), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO), brought together more than 25 journalists from the private and public media.
The seminar?s objective was to educate journalists on the essence of ICN2 and major issues in agriculture, food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof Esilfie-Conduah pointed out that poor remuneration of journalists underlies the lack of interest by those on the job and others qualified in the sciences to be interested in media work.
?I propose to the organisers to think of another scheme of picking up from the universities the younger generation with the specialised knowledge of qualification in agriculture and relative sciences as specialists to augment the corps available (and) I guess Africa shall be better reported,? he said.
Dr Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO Representative to Ghana lauded journalists for playing very fundamental roles in producing authentic nutrition information through their creative programmes to help educate the populace.
A statement read by Mrs Akosua Kwakye, WHO Focal Person Programme Officer for Nutrition said there is the need for greater policy coherence between food supply and public health to guarantee food and nutrition security for all, and put a halt to growing rates of obesity and the diseases it causes.
Dr Bernard Otabil, GNA Chief Executive Officer said the Agency established the New Media Partnership for Accelerated Rural Development (NEMPARD) upon realising the critical role of agriculture in the nation?s socio-economic development.
He said NEMPARD reportage focuses on agriculture, health and education, while the Agency has a network of journalists against hunger and malnutrition.