There are several areas of the food system in Ghana which GAAFS identifies as priority areas for promoting agroecology and food sovereignty and creating a socially just, healthy and sustainable food system.
- Stakeholder engagement – we need to increase communication channels between farmers and food producers, agricultural support services, non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, funders, food processors, distributors, and food retailers, as well as invested members of civil society.
- Indigenous food – we need to recognise the value of culturally sensitive food through utilisation of traditional indigenous knowledge around production practices, native and traditional seeds and crop varieties, and practices for good nutrition. We need to ensure that locally-adapted native crop varieties are preserved to provide a healthy food system for consumers and conserve native biodiversity.
- Agro-chemical use – we need to establish sustainable farming practices which benefit the health of the local environment and do not degrade the health of society. We need to increase advocacy against the use of agro-chemicals through enhanced education about the risks associated with their use and the negative impact they have on environmental health and soil fertility. We need to increase awareness of agroecological practices which can produce nutritious food and restore degraded land without the use of agro-chemicals.
- Local production for local consumption – we need to ensure that food produced in Ghana feeds the Ghanaian society so culturally sensitive food is produced and consumed within the same food system. We need to reduce consumption of heavily-marketed imported processed food and ensure food is respected for it’s social, cultural and nutritional qualities rather than treated as a commodity for profit of corporations.