The Food and Agriculture Organization Ghana (FAO-Ghana) in collaboration with Agrihouse Foundation as part of efforts to celebrate Young World Food Day on October 15, 2021 trained students from some selected schools in Accra.
The students, from Kanda Estates 3 and 5 basic schools and St Paul Lutheran School were trained on how to set up gardens and plant various food crops, especially vegetables at home through demonstrations. They were also educated on health and nutrition, and the benefits of eating balanced diet.
The Communication Officer for FAO-Ghana, David Young said the objective of the training was to empower and stir up the interest of the students in agriculture. He said the exercise has become necessary at a time the youth are being encouraged to venture into agriculture as a source of livelihood, while teaching them to adopt the best lifestyle habits for better living.
The Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa indicated that the training provided by the FAO and Agrihouse Foundation to mark the celebration will empower the students to grow more foods engendering agricultural transformation and resilience leading to sustainable development in the sector.
She entreated the students replicate the training offered them to their parents and families to increase food production at the household level.
The Young World Food Day themed “Our Actions are Our Future” was celebrated ahead of the annual Global Food Day which takes place on the 16th of October every year.
As part of the commemoration, a demonstration on how to use car tyres filled with sand for planting, watering and fertilizer application to food crops was held to educate the students.