Community Nutrition Committee trained on Orange-Flesh Sweet Potato
By Radio Mak
The Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition, (GTLC), has trained members of a Community Nutrition Committee (CNC) at Poyentanga, Wa West District on the production, utilisation and storage of Orange Flesh Sweet Potato (OFSP).
This is to equip them with the requisite knowledge and capacity to function effectively in reducing cases of malnutrition in the area.
The GTLC inaugurated the CNC for the Poyentanga sub-district through the Netherland Development Organisation’s (SNV) Voice for Change (V4C) partnership, and mandated to identify and refer cases of malnutrition in the area to the health facility for treatment.
The 17-member committee is composed of traditional leaders, Assembly Members and health service providers among others.
Speaking at the event, Mr Alphonsus Abobo of the Upper West Regional Department of Agriculture urged the general public to consume more Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) to reduce the issues of malnutrition and other nutrition related diseases among children.
He explained that the OFSP was rich in nutrient and could help solve issues of malnutrition.
He explained that the OFSP could transform both the health and economic fortunes of farmers.
He said the leaves could be used to prepare drinks as well as for vegetable, while the roots can be fried, grinded and used as additives for cooking, the vines fried and consumed and the tuber eaten as food.
Mr Abobo also noted that the vines could be produced and sold to farmers to serve as alternative source of income for the farmer.
To this end, the World Food Programme, through the Department of Agriculture was supplying members of the committee with the OFSP vines to cultivate.
On his part, Mr Emmanuel Wullingdool, Policy Officer for GTLC, said the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey report indicates that about 15 per cent of children in the region are stunted.
He further stated that data from the Wa West District Hospital indicates that one out every five cases of malnutrition recorded at the facility was from the Poyentanga sub-district.
This, Mr Wullingdool said, necessitated the need for the committee members to be
Mr Pele Abraham Bright, Chairman of the committee, commended GTLC for the training and gave the assurance that the knowledge acquired would be applied in their quest to fight malnutrition.
He said the committee had also planned to carry out series of activities to educate the public and scout for malnutrition cases in the communities and refer same to the facility for treatment.