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Innovation and research key to ensuring food security – University of Ghana lecturer

Food insecurity in Ghana has become a growing concern for a lecturer at the Food Process Engineering Department of the University of Ghana, ...

Innovation and research key to ensuring food secur
Innovation and research key to ensuring food secur

Food insecurity in Ghana has become a growing concern for a lecturer at the Food.

Process Engineering Department of the University of Ghana, Prof Firibu Kwesi Saalia.



Prof Saalia, who serves as one of the research chairs for the O.

R Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiatives (ORTARChi), expressed his worries during the project launch of.

the OR Tambo Africa Research Chair for Food and Technology.



Addressing the audience at the ISSER Conference Centre at the University of Ghana,.

Prof Saalia identified several factors contributing to food insecurity in the country.

These factors encompassed food process engineering, food safety and quality management, and food packaging.



“So the first area we’re looking at was food processing, process designs for.

equipment for the processing itself.

Then food safety, both microbial and chemical safety issues, risk assessments of chemical and microbial.

contaminants.

And one thing that if you are in the food space, you will know is.

that packaging is one of our weakest links in the food delivery system in this.

country.

Whatever we do, we import.

From plastics to glass to whatever.

So we thought that we should also pay attention to food packaging that will be.

based on our own system – that is biodegradable food – and then that will.

help food shelf life extension, he said on Thursday, June 29.



He emphasized the need to add value to post-harvest processes, as the lack.

of proper processing techniques often leads to significant wastage.

Such inefficiencies have a direct impact on food security, which is further compounded by rapid.

population growth and inflation.



In order to address these concerns and promote food security, Prof Saalia stressed.

the importance of innovation and the training of graduates to adapt to the changing dynamics.

of the local food system.



By encouraging innovative approaches and equipping graduates with the necessary skills, Ghana can.

effectively manage the challenges related to food security and ensure a sustainable food supply for.

its population.



The OR Tambo Africa Research Chair for Food and Technology aims to contribute.

to the advancement of knowledge and solutions in the field of food security.

With Prof Saalia as one of the research chairs, the initiative is poised to make.

significant strides in addressing the underlying factors that contribute to food insecurity in Ghana.



Through research, collaboration, and the implementation of practical solutions, the chair’s work will.

play a pivotal role in enhancing food security and promoting sustainable food practices in the.

country.



As Ghana continues to face the complex challenges associated with food security, the.

insights and expertise provided by Prof Saalia and the OR Tambo Africa Research Chair for.

Food and Technology will be invaluable in shaping policies and strategies that ensure a reliable.

and nutritious food supply for all Ghanaians.



Food insecurity in Ghana has become a growing concern, as highlighted by Prof.

Firibu Kwesi Saalia, a lecturer at the Food Process Engineering Department of the University of.

Ghana.



Prof Saalia, who serves as one of the research chairs for the O.

R Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiatives (ORTARChi), expressed his worries during the project launch of.

the OR Tambo Africa Research Chair for Food and Technology.



Addressing the audience at the ISSER Conference Centre at the University of Ghana,.

Prof Saalia identified several factors contributing to food insecurity in the country.

These factors encompassed food process engineering, food safety and quality management, and food packaging.



He emphasized the need to add value to post-harvest processes, as the lack.

of proper processing techniques often leads to significant wastage.

Such inefficiencies have a direct impact on food security, which is further compounded by rapid.

population growth and inflation.

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