Food Security Action Committee
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The Food Security Action Committee (FSAC) was created to help PCVs utilize the new resources effectively. Food security is to make nutritious, culturally appropriate food more available for people - either by improving nutrition, improving access to food, or improving food distribution.
What is food security?
Food security refers to the availability of food and one's access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.
- -- from Food Security on Wikipedia
FSAC is currently working on the following projects:
- The Digital Library at the KSO is a workstation dedicated to compiling useful technical data related to food security, which includes data on trees, plants and agribusiness, and storing PCVs project information so that others may utilize the work of past projects.
- A Seed Bank at the KSO will be developed in the near future so that PCVs can easily start their own gardens in order to obtain a hands-on experience for growing in Ghana.
- Volunteer led Food Security ISTs (In-Service Training)is currently the largest emphasis for FSAC. The ISTs will provide volunteers with more hands-on experience like starting a garden, growing vetiver grass and rearing animals, which are all the IST ideas under development at this time.
There are four pillars to food security:
 Food Availability
Environment Volunteers are on the front lines of food production in Ghana. They are active in getting seeds into the ground; nurturing the plants, trees, and soil; and harvesting the crops. They help design conservation strategies to protect wildlife habitat and help farmers with animal rearing projects. These efforts help ensure that food is available for local consumption and export
 Food Access
Our Environment and SED Volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that food is made accessible throughout Ghana. They help process raw materials, store harvested crops, and package and market food and animal products so that the products get to market. They strengthen agribusiness ventures and improve internal and external links between food producers and viable markets. Through income generation activities, SED Volunteers also help individuals and communities to purchase food and feed families.
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 Food Utilization
All volunteers increase awareness by conducting outreach activities to ensure that people are aware of basic nutrition concepts. H/WS Volunteers provide information to communities so that members can make nutritionally-wise choices when feeding their families and so that they handle food and water safely to minimize the spread of water and food-borne illness. Environment volunteers also help to establish wood lots and train people in making charcoal and constructing fuel efficient stoves to help communities cook food safely and effectively.
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 Food Stability
Even if your food intake is adequate today, you are still considered to be food insecure if you have inadequate access to food on a periodic basis, risking a deterioration of your nutritional status. Adverse weather, political instability, or economic factors (unemployment, fluctuating prices, etc.) may have an impact on your food security status.
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 Research Information
USAID Feed the Future initiative's goal is to achieve food security by improving agricultural productivity, promoting market development, facilitating trade expansion, investing in global innovation and research, promoting equitable rural economic growth, preventing nutritional deficiencies and providing emergency relief aid through government projects, private sectors and local NGOs.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernise and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all.
- Special Programme for Food Security in Ghana
- The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis presents the results of the first nationwide food security baseline survey conducted in Ghana in November 2008. It provides an in-depth picture of food insecurity in the country and will inform World Food Program (WFP) and partners’ ongoing and future food security, health and nutrition interventions.
A dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science, Policy and Management in the graduate division of the University of California, Berkeley titled Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation in a West African Protected Area by Andrew Cole Burton.