ECOWAS to express Regional Solidarity to Ghana by availing part of the Cereals of the Regional Food Security Reserve for School Canteen Programs

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2,750 tons of cereals composed of 1000 tons of maize, 750 tons of white rice, 500 tons of millet, 500 tons of sorghum all stored in the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) warehouses in Tamale and Yendi. This is the quantity of the cereals of the Regional Food Security Reserve that ECOWAS will avail for Ghana to feed beneficiary
students under the Government’s flagship of “Free Secondary Education Program”.

The handover ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday 28 December 2018 in Tamale, a city located at about 634 kms from Accra, the Capital city of Ghana. This ceremony is the concrete response of ECOWAS to the request submitted by Ghana to the ECOWAS Commission on 11 September 2018 seeking authorization to use the stocks of 2,750 tons of cereals of the Regional Food Security Reserve stored in Ghana.

The quality control of these food products has been monitored and taken care by NAFCO since the entry of the stocks into its warehouses in 2017. These cereals are therefore safe and suitable for consumption.
This expression of regional solidarity to Ghana is made possible thanks to the Support Project to Food Security Storage in West Africa that the European Union is funding with a budget amounting to 56 million Euros.

Like the cereals given to the Governments of the Republic of Niger and Burkina Faso last August, 6528 tons to Niger and 4303 tons to Burkina Faso, the 2750 tons of cereals to be availed for Ghana have been purchased from small producers of the West Africa region.

The Government of Ghana has already assured the ECOWAS Commission that the grains to be used will be refunded grain by grain with the same quality specifications and packaging by March 2019 to maintain the Regional Fund Security Reserve stock level in Ghana at the exact locations of Yendi and Tamale.

For the ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Sékou Sangaré, who will represent the President of the ECOWAS Commission at the handover ceremony, the regional organization will always support its member States whenever possible in solving some of the difficult food situations.

According to him, the development of food security storage at the three complementary levels of community and village stocks, national security stocks and regional stocks, allows West Africa to strengthen its capacity for risks management and boost its food sovereignty. The Regional Food Security Reserve, as a regional instrument of
agricultural public policy, therefore, constitutes one of the main pillars of the construction of the ECOWAS of Peoples.

Created on 28 February 2013, in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, the Regional Food Security Reserve aims to (i) complement the efforts of the member States to provide rapid and diversified food and nutrition assistance, (ii) express regional solidarity to member States and affected populations through transparent, equitable and predictable mechanisms, (iii) contribute to food sovereignty and to the political, economic and trade integration of West Africa.

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