The Stories of Change in Nutrition initiative in Ghana will describe trends in the nutrition over the past 10 years that will allow better understanding of how to drive positive change for future actions to address malnutrition in Ghana.

The challenge

Ghana is a lower-middle-income country with a population of about 25 million. Over the past decade, significant reductions in hunger and child malnutrition have occurred. However, other forms of food and nutrition insecurity persists, including unstable household food access, sub-optimal diet quality, and micronutrient deficiencies. Simultaneously, the food system is rapidly becoming ‘westernized’, offering cheaper access to energy-dense foods while overweight/obesity is rapidly increasing among children and adults.

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This data profile from Transform Nutrition West Africa on Ghana aims to: Summarize all available primary data sources and secondary data aggregation platforms for key nutrition indicators representative at the national level. Assess the identified data sources for each indicator across four dimensions (i) validity and comparability, (ii) timeliness, (iii) accessibility, and (iv) representativeness. Identify…

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By Namukolo Covic, IFPRI, CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health The Transform Nutrition West Africa project team from 18-22 March, 2019, hosted 32 nutrition professionals (19 females and 11 males) from 9 West African countries (Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo) for a 5-day course…

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By Fiona Graham, PhD, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research and Senam Klomegah, MPhil, Part-time Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Ho.   Obesity and diet-related diseases in Ghana are rising, particularly in urban areas. In these studies we set out to understand why and identify…

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Ghana Systematic Map to guide decision-making on the current landscape of research on World Health Assembly indicators in West Africa The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress…

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  The West Africa Region has been one of the slowest in reducing its many burdens of malnutrition. The World Health Assembly’s (WHA) 2025 nutrition targets were developed to track countries’ nutritional situations, and measure progress in reducing malnutrition. These indicators are therefore essential to guide decision making. Understanding the regional and in-country dynamics are…

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UPDATE 2/12/18 APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE ARE NOW CLOSED Transform Nutrition West-Africa, the UK’s Institute for Development Studies, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are pleased to announce the second of two leadership development courses specifically designed for strengthening leadership capabilities in individuals who work in multisectoral environments….

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Two new research initiatives have commenced in Ghana. These are ‘Stories of Change in Nutrition in Ghana’, and ‘Leveraging Food Systems for Improved Nutrition in Ghana’. Both have been initiated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This report provides a summary of a consultative stakeholder meeting held jointly by the two initiatives on…

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Background: This is the baseline report for the cost-effectiveness analysis of the Vodafone Farmers Club, Ghana, a ValueAdded Service supported by a grant from GSMA as a part of the mNutrition programme. mNutrition is a global initiative supported by DFID, organised by GSMA, and implemented by in-country mobile network operators (MNOs) to use mobile technology to improve the health and nutritional status of children and adults in low-income countries around the world.

Method: Undertook a literature review of the cost-effectiveness of agricultural and nutrition interventions. This allows for:

enabling the cost-effectiveness to be compared with programmes that have some similar elements to the Vodafone Farmer’s Club.
Create a framework for the analysis in 2019 (from the literature and baseline data)
Collect and collate known costs at this point in time, with the specific view of gathering and monitoring missing costs in the coming period.
Analysis: Defined in three components: including setup and ongoing costs for the specific intervention (Vodafone Farmers Club) (analysis A), wider mNutrition programmatic costs (analysis B), and a scenario that included societal costs including farmer costs and benefits (analysis C).

The report is one of four baseline deliverables on the Vodafone Farmer’s Club project, each of which will be followed up by a final report at the end of the evaluation exercise in 2019.

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Transform Nutrition West Africa researchers met with University of Ghana, Sheffield University and Institute of Development Studies researchers in Ghana in June 2018. The meeting was linked to The Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy’s third annual conference in Accra, Ghana. This sub meeting aimed to: To start a dialogue between researchers (at national and…