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May 19, 2012

President Mills on Food Security at G8 Summit

President John Evans Atta Mills says government recognizes agriculture and food security as a strong foundation for democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights.

Government will therefore continue to make the necessary interventions geared towards addressing the challenges hindering effective agriculture production.

This he said will go a long way in guaranteeing food security.

Speaking at a symposium on Global Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre in Washington, DC, President Mills said government has taken a number of measures including a medium term investments in agriculture to encourage more people into the sector.

President Mills said Ghana’s conscious effort in reducing food insecurity and poverty began in the 1980s. This he said was sustained and enabled the country to reduce poverty five years ago.

He said that, a sustainable food production impacts positively on political, social and economic sectors of the country.

"Government has adopted a number of measures to encourage both Ghanaians and foreign investors to invest in agriculture and agri-business.

He said the authorities will ensure that investment into the agriculture sector is mutually beneficial