A team of Ghanaians who left for Tokyo, Japan on an experiential course to study the Japanese multi-sector approach to tackling nutrition challenges has arrived home. This country is seen as one of the most nutrition conscious nations in the world. The 11-member Ghanaian team is made up of people from diverse backgrounds including health, education, finance, academia (research), agriculture, communication, regulation and policy.
The programme, which is being sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the third of its kind for Ghana. It is a country-specific programme designed to help equip participants with skills to help mainstream nutrition as a development agenda in Ghana. Among the issues studied include how the Japanese government has been able to rally the whole country around promotion of good nutrition, especially among school children, a commitment which has led to a national week of nutrition promotion and education called Shokuiku.