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Funded by:
Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious
Diets in Africa - Ghana
John Nortey
Head, MSU, SRID/MoFA – Ghana
1 De...
Vision
• That food prices reflect the nutritious food people need for
active and healthy lives
• Food security: All people...
Current food price monitoring in Ghana
• Ministry of Food and Agriculture – Statistical
Research and Information Directora...
Current Uses of the Data
• For making quality informed decisions
• Planning
• Calculating real prices
• To compare prices ...
Need to fill a data gap
• Currently missing: A statistic that covers price of a nutritious
diet
• Difficult to formulate i...
Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious
Diets in Africa (IANDA)
– Tufts, University of Ghana, Sokoine University (Tanzan...
Piloting an expanded food list
• MoFA-SRID current food list includes 42 foods
• We are piloting an additional 22 foods in...
Piloting an
expanded food list
Photos: Anna Herforth
MoFA-SRID enumerator
collecting food price data
Proposed indicators
• Cost of a minimally diverse diet
• Cost of nutrient adequacy
• Cost of a recommended diet
Next steps
• Pilot the addition of missing foods to existing food
lists in 9 markets across 7 districts (in progress)
• Wo...
Significance
• Ghana would be the first country to commit to monitoring
the price of nutritious diets
• This can be a mode...
Acknowledgements
• The IANDA team: Anna Herforth, Daniel Sarpong, Jennifer
Coates, Zachary Gersten, William Masters, Rebec...
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Tracking affordability/price of diverse, nutritious foods in Ghana, by John Nortey, Statistics Research and Information Directorate (SRID) - Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)

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The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition was jointly held by FAO and WHO in December 2016 to explore policies and programme options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges. This Symposium waas the first large-scale contribution under the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition 2016-2025. This presentation was part of Parallel session 3.1: Designing, implementing and monitoring evidence-based policies effectively with multiple actors"

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Tracking affordability/price of diverse, nutritious foods in Ghana, by John Nortey, Statistics Research and Information Directorate (SRID) - Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)

  1. 1. Funded by: Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa - Ghana John Nortey Head, MSU, SRID/MoFA – Ghana 1 Dec, 2016, Rome FAO/WHO Symposium
  2. 2. Vision • That food prices reflect the nutritious food people need for active and healthy lives • Food security: All people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preference for active and healthy lives. (FAO 1996)
  3. 3. Current food price monitoring in Ghana • Ministry of Food and Agriculture – Statistical Research and Information Directorate (MoFA-SRID) collects prices of many foods in one or more markets in almost every district in Ghana, at least once per week – Retail, Wholesale, and Farm Gate • Data reported – District level (weekly and monthly averages) – Regional level (monthly averages) – National level (weekly, monthly, annual)
  4. 4. Current Uses of the Data • For making quality informed decisions • Planning • Calculating real prices • To compare prices across countries • Research purposes • Food security analysis • Policy formulation, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  5. 5. Need to fill a data gap • Currently missing: A statistic that covers price of a nutritious diet • Difficult to formulate informed policies and programs toward food and nutrition security without data showing the problem areas
  6. 6. Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa (IANDA) – Tufts, University of Ghana, Sokoine University (Tanzania), Johns Hopkins – Funded by an IMMANA grant – Problem: Food prices as currently measured do not represent nutritious diets. – Aim of the project: To show how existing food price data monitoring systems can be used, with very little added cost, to understand the affordability of nutritious diets across seasons and geographies
  7. 7. Piloting an expanded food list • MoFA-SRID current food list includes 42 foods • We are piloting an additional 22 foods in order to construct indicators of nutritious diets – Vegetables important in Ghanaian diets (nkontomire, okro and several others) – Additional fruits (pawpaw, avocado pear, watermelon) – Fresh fish – Minimally processed versions of raw commodities (cassava dough, meat and not only live animals)
  8. 8. Piloting an expanded food list Photos: Anna Herforth MoFA-SRID enumerator collecting food price data
  9. 9. Proposed indicators • Cost of a minimally diverse diet • Cost of nutrient adequacy • Cost of a recommended diet
  10. 10. Next steps • Pilot the addition of missing foods to existing food lists in 9 markets across 7 districts (in progress) • Work with the IANDA team to assess the results and construct indicators • Incorporate appropriate missing foods and new indicators into food price monitoring systems at national level • Continue collaborating with stakeholders to enable use of the data
  11. 11. Significance • Ghana would be the first country to commit to monitoring the price of nutritious diets • This can be a model for how food price monitoring can reflect nutritious food, and how this information can inform policy, production, and program decisions to promote healthy diets
  12. 12. Acknowledgements • The IANDA team: Anna Herforth, Daniel Sarpong, Jennifer Coates, Zachary Gersten, William Masters, Rebecca Heidkamp, Fulgence Mishili, Joyce Kinabo • MoFA: Harrison Opoku (The Director-SRID), Staff of MSU and Market Data Collectors

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