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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Unpacking the complexity of improved nutrition in Ghana

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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West African nutrition professionals participate in inspiring short course on ‘Evidence for policies and programming’

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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Dietary transitions in Ghanaian Cities: Preliminary findings

Obesity and diet-related diseases in Ghana are rising, particularly in urban areas. In our studies we set out to understand why and identify what communities and government can do to reverse this trend and improve health. Our research focused on three key areas: people in their communities, neighbourhoods and communities, and priorities for national action….

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Ghana systematic map to guide decision making

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…