Food insecurity looms Northern Region as floods destroy farms – MOFA

By Wendy Amarteifio
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Food insecurity in Northern Region

Food insecurity looms in the three regions of the north following this year’s floods caused by heavy rains and spillage of the Bagre Dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

A total of 15,206 hectares of farmlands have been affected in the Upper East Region alone.

According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the region has recorded a food shortage of 282,700.
Many peasant and smallholder farmers had their farmlands submerged with staple crops mainly cereals and grains totally destroyed.

The breakdown is that 13,595 farmers comprising 9,184 male and 4,923 female farmers have lost their source of livelihood.
The displaced victims, especially majority of already malnourished children are struggling to feed.

Water and sanitation facilities have been completely destroyed worsening open defecation in the affected communities. A number of houses have collapsed thus rendering thousands homeless.
Most of the displaced are staying with relatives, and 161 of the affected persons are residing in schools in the Kassena Nankana Municipality.

The health implications are enormous as many children and adults are sleeping in overcrowded rooms.

A Deputy Director in charge of operations, Upper East Regional Secretariat of NADMO, Paul Wooma in an interview with Citi News monitored by Prime News Ghana,  described the floods as a human catastrophe.

Paul Wooma said World Vision has been supportive of NADMO’s operations over the years.
As a humanitarian services provider, the organization has quickly taken steps to improve the plight of the suffering masses. Through its Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programme, the organization is distributing life-saving valuables to the victims in the Northern and Upper East Regions.

The items include water purifiers, water storage containers, buckets for water purification, sieving mesh, laundry, and bathing soap.
The Northern Regions Operations Manager, Timothy Akanpabadai supervised a water purification and sensitization exercise at Kologo, a farming community in the Kasena/Nankana district.

He handed over a large consignment of the water treatment items to the Kologo chief for onward distribution to the flood victims.

Timothy Akanpabadai urged the beneficiaries to put the items to good use.
He said the organization was committed to repair and maintain all polluted boreholes in the area.

He reiterated the organization’s standpoint that, “It is important for all stakeholders to step in to get these flood victims especially children some form of relief to enable them to recover from the effects of the disaster.”
The Kologo chief, Naaba Clifford Asobayire, commended World Vision International Ghana for its unflinching support.
He thanked the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for visiting the community and supporting the victims.
Naaba Clifford Asobayire called for more assistance from civil society and faith-based organizations.

 
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Generally, the affected districts include, Bawku West, Builsa South, Pusiga, Bolgatanga, Tongo, Bongo, Bawku East Kassena Nankana East and West, Binduri and Talensi in the Upper East Region.

In the Upper West Region, Sissala East, Sissala West, Nandom, Lawra, Wa East, Nadowli/Kaleo, Lawra and Wa West have been hard hit.

Karaga, Central Gonja, Tolon, Kumbungu, North Gonja, Savelugu, Nanton, Gusheigu, Mamprugu Moagduri, and West Mamprusi districts are the affected districts in the Northern Region.

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