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Npong Balikawu Francis
Journalist (Ghana)

EDUCATION Certificate, Climate Change Diplomacy May - July 2010 Diplo-Foundation Certificate, Decentralized Governance 15, March-13, May 2010 United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) Diploma, Journalism 2002-2004 Institute of Business Management and Journalism Diploma, Marketing 2002-2004 Institute of Business Management & Journalism Certificate of participation, Strategic Business Development 4 – 7the Sept. 2003 Future Leaders International Certificate of participation, Human Rights and Journalism 31-May 2006 Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) Certificate of participation, Media Training July 26, 2007 Community Development & Advocacy Centre (CODAC) Senior High Sch. Certificate, Tatale E.P Senior High School, 1998- 2001 Basic Sch. Certificate, Tatale Junior High School 1994-1996 Tatale L/A primary School 1984-1993 WORK EXPERIENCE The Enquirer- Northern Region Correspondent 2005 to date Duties and responsibilities News reporting, editing and gathering Distribution and Marketing, Manage finances, Marketing survey, Direct link between newspaper vendors and Accra business office The Pen Magazine Senior reporter 2005 to 2007 Duties and responsibilities News gathering, assigning personnel (journalists) to duties Proof reading and editing personnel works Reporting directly to news editor/editor in chief Deputy news editor Head of news department, Responsible for front and back page of the paper Fiila FM Deputy News editor Oct. 2005-Sept. 2006 Duties and responsibilities News gathering, assigning personnel (journalists) to duties Proof reading and editing personnel works Report directly to news editor Select news stories for broadcast Arranging personal interviews with stakeholders Monitoring news broadcast on air Nkosuo FM Reporter/Marketing Executive Jan. 2004 - Oct 2 Duties and responsibilities Reporting: gathering news for broadcast Marketing: canvass for prospective advertisers Hantag Memo. Int. School Classroom Teacher 2002- 2003 Duties and responsibilities Supervise Children to clean sch. Compound Prepare lesson notes Mark class register Teach selected topic Supervise children to do class work Mark class work Revise class work with pupils Give home work Manhyia Int. School Classroom teacher 2003 – 2004 Duties and responsibilities Supervise Children to clean sch. Compound Prepare lesson notes , Mark class register Teach selected topic Supervise children to do class work Mark class work Revise class work with pupils Give home work Staff Secretary, Manhyia Int. Sch. 2003-2004 Chief Deacon Tatale S.D. A Church 1999-2001 Financial Sec. Student Representative Council (IBM&J) 2003- 2004 Concurrently Fin. Sec. Assoc. of Student Journalists (ASJ) 2003- 2004

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WFP supports local rice farmers

Published 27th May 2011 - 0 comments - 9311 views -

 

THE World Food Programme (WFP) is purchasing 1200 metric tons of locally grown rice worth over US$700,000 from farmers in the Northern Region.
This is part of efforts to boost the local rice industry and provide sustainable incomes to the farmers.
 
The WFP Country Director Mr. Ismail Omer disclosed this at a community durbar at Pong-Tamale in the Savelugu/Nanton District of the Northern Region. The occasion was marking the World Food Programme and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) collaboration that aimed to improve food security in Ghana.
 
According to the Country Director, the WFP and MCC had been working together in recent times to ensure food security in the country to make the country independence of food supply.
 
“Between 2007 and 2009, under our local procurement programme, we bought over 6,000 metric tons of rice, beans and maize from MCC/MiDA funded farmers,” he stated.
 
He said his organisation bought maize worth US $2.2 million worth from Ghanaian farmers last year for its operations in Niger while,1000 metric tons of the same commodity worth US$360,000 was bought last year for some of its operations in parts of the country.
 
He said the WFP was supporting the government to provide access to nutrition and education for vulnerable and hunger stricken communities in Ghana and Africa.
He said the programme also supports the National School Feeding programme with neals in almost 800 deprived schools.
 “Currently, we provide food and nutrition supplements to mothers and children at risk of malnutrition, and people living with HIV and their families,” he added.
 
The MCC Deputy Resident Country Director, Ms Gretchen Gigi Goodhart said that the MCC was also funding the construction of agribusiness centres (ABCs) to serve as a consolidating point for rice, and maize.
 
She said that the construction was expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
 
“Through the ABCs farmers will be able to process and store their crops in a modern, well-equipped privately operated facility” she added.
 
The District Chief Executive for Savelugu/Nanton Mr. Prince Askia Mahammed lauded the MCC, the government of the United States of America and WFP for their contribution to to socio-economic conditions of the people in Ghana.
 
He thanked these organisations for their interventions in the district that were addressing key concerns of theMillennium Development Goals of reducing hunger and malnutrition, eliminating extreme poverty, ensuringenvironmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.
 
 
 

 

 


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