While Ghana has one of the strongest emerging economies in Africa, food insecurity still persists in rural areas due to unstable production, insufficient purchasing power and bad roads. Nutrient deficiencies are worse in children under five years, particularly in infants after the transition from exclusive breastfeeding to complementary feeding.
While the number of acres for Ghana peanuts has significantly increased in recent years, production is limited by current growing practices because few farmers use optimal farming techniques. The Project Peanut Butter program in Ghana will work to improve the peanut farming sector by providing farmers with access to higher quality inputs and better planting and harvest techniques.
“Because of our experience in peanut processing and our commitment to improving communities in West Africa, Project Peanut Butter is an exciting project for us,” said Michele Buck, Hershey’s Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer. “We are honored to be working with Dr. Manary and his dedicated team in reducing childhood malnutrition.”
Dr. Manary started Project Peanut Butter in Malawi and has committed his life to solving childhood malnutrition. “Project Peanut Butter Ghana will both address the urgent need to reduce malnourishment among children and increase the capacity of peanut farming to be a source of food long into the future,“ added Dr. Manary.About Project Peanut Butter Project Peanut Butter is a revolutionary therapeutic program founded by Dr. Mark Manary, a medical doctor and a professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. It has been called the most effective method to treat malnourished children around the world. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Manary and his teams tested various formulas with thousands of malnourished children in Malawi, Africa. Today, Project Peanut Butter serves thousand of malnourished children. The program distributes peanut-based, vitamin-enriched nutritional packets called Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) through 21 clinics, approximately 50 supported sites that receive RUTFs and training at no cost, and at affiliated clinics that receive RUTFs through approximately 90 governments and charities around the world that buy the packets at cost of manufacture.