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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Analysis of nutrition research networks in West Africa: Application of social network analysis to co-authorship data to understand and enhance collaboration Description: The World Health Assembly (WHA) targets are instrumental for identifying primary knowledge gaps and priority areas for action and decision-making. Across West Africa, prevalence of these six WHA indicators for maternal infant and…

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By Richmond Aryeetey, Olutayo Adeyemi, Mara Van Den Bold, Elodie Becquey. Nick Nisbett, Zusia Turowska The ‘stories of change in nutrition’ initiative is a series of studies designed to systematically assess and analyse drivers of change in countries that have had success in accelerating improvements in nutrition. The multi-methods approach, which combines data and policy…

Country Data Profiles

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…