The main activities of Hunger Alliance of Ghana as reviewed include the following:

  1. Policy Dialogue
  • The Hunger Alliance of Ghana engages relevant stakeholders and government on food security and nutrition policy issues to host policy dialogues. These workshops are frequently organized at the national, regional and community levels on issues related to food security and nutrition. This engagement includes publications commissioned by the Alliance such as:
    • Publication of national SUN coordination framework for the National SUN Movement
    • Mapping of CSOs involved in nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive action and assessment of the national SUN implementation process since 2011
    • A baseline Survey of CSOs involved in nutrition
  1. Public education and Awareness creation
  • The alliance is involved in creating awareness on food security, policy formulation and implementation at national and community level.
  1. Grassroots advocacy in area of food security and nutrition
  • The Alliance engages district assemblies on the need to prioritize food security and nutrition issues.
  1. Farmer Based Organizations capacity strengthening
  • The alliance is involved in strengthening the capacity of farmer based organizations. This is aimed at training farmers and building their capacities to become change agents in their communities and to effectively serve as the grassroots pillars of Ghana’s agricultural development.

 

Programs

On-going programmes of Hunger Alliance of Ghana include:

  1. Scaling Up Nutrition:

The Alliance is currently serving as the CSO Focal Point for Scaling up Nutrition (SUN). It is also playing the lead role in the 1,000 Days of the child campaign in Ghana. The Hunger Alliance of Ghana established the civil society platform to support SUN implementation process in Ghana in 2011. The platform has over One Hundred and thirty (130) members made up of FBOs, faith-based, NGOs, Community based, gender-based among others. Some of these organizations are also members of the Alliance.

  1. Policy Advocacy:

The Hunger Alliance of Ghana engages relevant stakeholders and government on food security and nutrition policy issues. This includes publications commissioned by the Alliance as stated above. It is worthy to mention that the Hunger Alliance of Ghana with support of Africa LEAD and the US Alliance to End Hunger, organized two major Non-State Actors consultation in 2011 on Ghana’s CAADP and the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan with funding from USAID.

  1. West African Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition:

Hunger Alliance of Ghana is serving as the coordinating agency and the secretariat for the West African Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (WAAHM). It is nurturing the sub-regional platform made up of all the 15 national alliances in West Africa in order to work effectively in partnership with ECOWAS and United Nations Rome based Agencies (FAO, WFP, and IFAD) in the implementation of the Zero Hunger Initiative in West Africa.

  1. Farmer Based Organizations Capacity Building Programme:

The Alliance is building the capacity of its member Famer – Based organizations (FBOs) through the Farmer – Based organizations Capacity Building Program. The program covers ten (10) farmer based organizations currently and is organized in four areas of capacity building:

  • Extension training
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Office Secretariat management
  • Improved FBOs management practices

As stated above, the essence of the project is to build up the capacity of FBOs to serve effectively as the grassroots pillars of agriculture development in Ghana.

 

  1. National Alliance Partnership Programme

The USAID funded National Alliance Partnership Program, implemented by the U.S. based Alliance to End Hunger, is an initiative intended to build the capacity of six national alliances in six feed the future countries. The areas identified for capacity strengthening include governance, administration, human resource, financial management, organizational management, network functions, program management and policy analysis and advocacy.