‘You are what you eat’ is a standard phrase in our societies.
This phrase merely speaks to the truth that to be match and wholesome, you should eat good foods and drinks.
Literally, we are able to agree that it’s true that ‘you are what you eat’.
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There are proof displaying that most of the ailments and well being issues of our societies have their roots from our diets.
The trendy diets are normally characterised by excessive sugar, fat, oils and salt.
These are substances in nearly each meals that we eat every day.
Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG), subsequently, is a crucial software for selling wholesome consuming by way of elevated entry to proof and knowledgeable diet and well being info.
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The FBDGs is firmly grounded on the ideas of range, availability and affordability.
Need to behave.
According to FAO in 2020, it was on document that 821 million folks out of seven.1 billion of the world’s inhabitants suffered from starvation.
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The irony is that 672 million endure from weight problems whereas an extra 1.3 billion are obese.
This state of affairs is kind of disturbing and should change if the Sustainable Development Goal Two (SDG2) of zero starvation by 2030 is to be achieved.
Other statistics reveal that attaining zero starvation may save the lives of three.1 million kids a 12 months.
Equally, well-nourished moms are mentioned to have wholesome infants with stronger immune techniques.
It is nice to notice that the journey started six years in the past, in a bid to advertise optimum well being among the many Ghanaian populace by way of food-based approaches.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) constituted a multi sectorial activity group (MTTT) drawn from associated ministries, departments and businesses to develop the FBDGs, with technical help from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The School of Public Health of the University of Ghana and the Women in Agriculture Development Directorate of the MoFA, the lead businesses, confronted challenges with funding in the middle of the preparation for the launch.
However, with help from the FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the challenge was efficiently launched final month.
The profitable growth of the FBDGs is an accomplishment price celebrating, since Ghana is likely one of the few nations in Africa that has produced FBDGs.
It is a vital milestone of the pathways of the United Nations Foods System Dialogue.
The FBDGs are important as a result of as everyone knows, meals, diet and well being represent the bedrock of a wholesome nation.
The FBDGs are constructed with the entire lifecycle from childhood to maturity, with the aged additionally very a lot in sharp focus.
We all know that nutrition-specific actions tackle acute well being challenges, however they’re normally unsustainable and so it’s, subsequently, essential everybody will get on board to undertake the extra sustainable measures by way of food-based approaches in addressing the myriad of challenges related to meals, diet and well being.
Equally, we’re additionally inspired to take different suggestions severely by way of extra bodily exercise and consuming what we develop.
We ought to as properly, keep away from the excessive consumption of processed meals since most include excessive fats, chemical substances and extreme salt and sugar, whereas alcohol must also be taken carefully, as everyone knows the adversarial influence of excessive consumption on our well being.
I take this chance to name on MoFA and different key stakeholders to stay dedicated to the search of facilitating sustainable agricultural manufacturing to at all times meet meals and diet necessities.
This is critical for an lively and wholesome society, and the general peace and stability.
Private sector involvement by way of investments alongside the agricultural worth chain can be essential in attaining meals self-sufficiency.
Investments in agricultural infrastructure, together with equipment, processing gear, dams, warehouses, amongst others are essential.
Several sectors are important for constructing a strong meals system, together with vitality, roads, transport, social safety, finance, well being and training have essential roles to play and ought to return absolutely and shortly to phrases to that realisation.
Indigenous meals commodities
As a rustic, we’re blessed to have meals in nice range, and we should maximise consumption of our meals commodities to reap all the advantages to reinforce our dietary standing.
Our indigenous meals have sustained generations and confirmed to be supportive of our focus in the direction of optimum well being.
Indeed, proof from our meals composition tables and analysis outputs, attest to the advantages of patronising the native meals.
Of nice concern, nevertheless, is the exploitative actions that create severe environmental imbalance.
These embrace air pollution of water our bodies, deforestation, bush burning and different types of degradation of the atmosphere resembling unlawful mining actions resembling galamsey.
As a rustic, there may be the necessity to intensify efforts at defending the atmosphere if we’re to totally profit from the harvests of our funding in crops, livestock, and fisheries.
Mention is manufactured from Professor Anna Lartey, who throughout her tenure because the Nutrition Officer on the FAO Headquarters in Rome, spearheaded mobilisation efforts in the direction of the event of our FBDGs.
Her efforts have been complemented by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems.
The author is the Head of Public Relations
Ministry of Food and Agriculture