- Research by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) shows that almost all West African countries experienced a decline in commodity stocks in June
- The only countries to record only two countries, Ghana and Togo, were able to record increases in stock
- The report also shows that, compared to food supply, there were lower consumption levels in Zambia and Malawi
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YEN.com.gh has learned that the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to a decline in the supply of commodity stocks in almost all West African countries.
A report compiled by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) shows there was a general decrease in all such countries with the exception of Ghana and Togo.
The two countries recorded an increase in wheat stocks, although the increase was marginal for Ghana.
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The report was focused on the month of June and also revealed that consumption trends were generally lower than supplies in the month under review.
Per a report by 3news.com, most countries in the sub-region were found to have experienced a stressed and minimal situation of food security and the analysis, therefore, suggested a reduced ability to purchase food items despite availability.
In southern African countries such as Zambia and Malawi, it was realised that food supply and consumption trends showed lower consumption levels compared to supply. In the two countries, stocks reportedly increased during the month and this reflected an increase in food availability from the main harvests experienced over the past few months.
Mozambique reportedly witnessed a decline in stocks across major commodities and similar trends were recorded in other countries.
In other news, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has unveiled a GHc2.5 million support scheme for women farmers in Ghana.
The decision was reached as part of measures to strengthen the capacities of the Women Farmer-Based Organisations (WFBO).
The idea is to make their products competitive and attractive for the local and export markets. Information available shows that about 32 WFBO would benefit from the support.
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