Women in Ghana Make Magic with Moringa
Until recently, Nuhu Mariama of Dorimon, Ghana, had only used moringa leaves sparingly in her cooking. Like many people in rural communities, she didn’t know about the potential of this…
On December 8, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement was launched in Ghana, where 28 percent of children under five suffer from stunting and 14 percent are underweight.
At the official launch event, Ghana’s First Lady and Minister of Women and Children was joined by USAID/Ghana Mission Director Cheryl Anderson, who remarked on the scientific evidence for how crucial it is to provide proper nutrition to mothers and children during the 1,000-day window between pregnancy and age two.
Despite the Ghanaian government’s on-going efforts to combat hunger and undernutrition, the prevalence of child undernutrition remains high in Ghana. Through SUN, and using Feed the Future as a platform for cohesion between nutrition efforts and food security, Ghana aims to improve coordination between the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
For blacksmiths in Ghana, the need for small-scale threshers is an opportunity to tap into a valuable local market. With skills gained from a Soybean Innovation Lab training, a group of blacksmiths is gaining the skills they need to not only grow their businesses, but fill an important need for farmers in their communities.
Putting her food science studies to good use, a master’s student in Ghana has opened a successful food company that produces a more nutritious, better-packaged version of the local hibiscus drink. As a result, she has been able to pay back student loans, create local jobs and mentor other young entrepreneurs.
In his local Ghanaian community, where many children suffer from malnutrition, Peace Corp Volunteer Joe Stein, known locally as the 'Moringa Man,’ has focused most of his service on moringa tree cultivation, helping to provide healthier futures for Ghanaian children.