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Ghana faces dire hunger crisis as fish production drops threatening food security by 2030 – UENR Dean

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By 2030, many Ghanaians are projected to face hunger and malnutrition due to an anticipated decline in national fish production, warned Professor Berchie Asiedu, Dean of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).

According to Prof. Asiedu, Ghana’s fish consumption is expected to soar to 888,096 tonnes by 2030. However, the country’s total fish production is forecasted to meet only about 43% of this demand, indicating a significant shortfall.

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“This clearly indicates that the demand for fish consumption is set to exceed the national supply,” Prof. Asiedu explained.

He highlighted that despite an increase in fish consumption over recent years, from 960,000 tonnes in 2010 to 1.1 million tonnes in 2020, per capita fish consumption is expected to decline from 28 kg in 2018 to 23.9 kg by 2030 if current growth rates persist.

Prof. Asiedu conveyed these findings during a research update session themed “Managing our Natural Resources: Academia-Industry Partnership for Sustainable National Development,” held in Sunyani and attended by experts in natural resources.

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Addressing the looming gaps between production and consumption trends, Prof. Asiedu emphasized the urgent need for policies to accelerate the development of aquaculture in Ghana. He stressed the importance of enhancing fisheries management practices and exploring adaptive strategies to bolster the resilience of fishers against climate change impacts.

In a subsequent interview, Hanson Kodzo Dzamefe, Bono Regional Director of the Fisheries Commission, echoed concerns about Ghana’s heavy reliance on marine fish. He advocated for increased private-sector collaboration to foster growth in the aquaculture sector, noting its potential for significant job creation and food security benefits.

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Mr. Dzamefe encouraged unemployed youth and graduates to consider entering commercial fish production, highlighting aquaculture as a lucrative venture capable of improving livelihoods and contributing to national food security.

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