Security expert fears ban on food exportation may cause reprisals from neighbouring countries

Neigbouring countries are likely to respond to Ghana’s ban on exportation in equal measure.

This would mean also banning the exportation of food to Ghana, a situation security expert, Adam Bonaa fears may not be good for the country.

Ghana in response to the threat of food insecurity decided to issue a directive that no food should be exported.

This directive, Mr Bonaa believes was taken in haste. He wished the government had done a broader consultation taken into account all the security implications.

“I’m not too sure if this directive was well-thought through, I’m not sure whether the security agencies have been involved in a research like this and I’m not sure what research went into this sudden ban on export on certain produce to neighbouring countries”, he said.

“Whoever took that decision, I’m not sure what intel went into it”, he reiterated.

He said if wider consultations were done, the ban, according to him, would not have been “so sudden”.

He is concerned that the directive raises some security concerns since its implementation means cutting the livelihood of some people.

The conversation about Ghana’s food security situation was triggered by comments made by former president, John Dramani Mahama, that the country was heading for food crisis.

He said the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme which was expected to ensure food security has failed.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture said Mr Mahama’s assertion was not accurate.

Not long after, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Yaw Frimpong conceded there indeed is a food shortage but “no food crisis”.

He later disclosed that the government decided to place a ban of the exportation of food to ensure the country does not run into food crisis.

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