n Ghanaian Journal of Economics - Editorial




This issue of the is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, a founding member of the editorial board who passed on in July 2014 after a long and dedicated service to Ghana and the international community. Prof. Kwadwo Asenso Okyere was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana from 2002 to 2006 and the Director of the Eastern and Southern African Region of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His experience in research and advocacy focussed on economic development issues such as food and agriculture, health and nutrition and international trade policies and quantitative decision modelling. We at the present this collection of articles on varied academic and policy subjects to capture the essence of both the academic and professional life of Prof. Kwadwo Asenso Okyere. Our first article is a contribution by Prof. Asenso Okyere's colleagues at the IFPRI. Dr. Shenggen Fan is the Director General of the IFPRI and Joanna Brzeska is a consultant of the same institute. The article '' underscores the critical policy conundrums surrounding hunger and under nutrition that Prof. Kwadwo Asenso Okyere devoted his professional life to. The article opines that sub-Saharan Africa's recent unprecedented economic growth has not translated into improving the food security situation on the continent. Although African leaders have pledged their commitment to combat the menace, the persistent challenge has been the willingness and capacity to translate the rhetoric into reality. Dr. Fan and his colleague succinctly propose some practical ways of tackling the food security problem in sub-Saharan Africa, including but not limited to strengthening climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive growth in agricultural productivity; establishing efficient and inclusive food value chains; promoting productive social safety nets and scaling up support for country specific, evidence-based policymaking.


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