2020 Comprehensive food Security and vulnerability assessment survey

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), in collaboration with Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), is conducting a nationwide household survey on Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA).

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are providing funding and Technical support for the conduct of the survey. Food security is a complex phenomenon resulting from multiple causes, including food availability, food accessibility, food utilization and food stability. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture estimates that about five (5) percent of Ghanas population (1.2 million people) are food insecure nation-wide, which means any unexpected natural or man-made shock will greatly affect the pattern of their food consumption (Ghana SDG Baseline Report, June, 2018).

The first Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) survey was conducted in Ghana in 2009. Data analysis was done at the regional level for the then 10 existing regions. In 2012, a follow up of the CFSVA survey was conducted in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern (now Savannah, Northern and North regions) regions to identify the districts that were worse off. This further investigation and analysis in the then three northern regions at the district level became necessary when it was found that they were the regions with households who were severely food insecure. It is heartwarming to inform stakeholders and the general public that, the 2020 CFSVA is a nationwide survey collecting data in all the 260 Metropolitan, Municipals and Districts in the country and therefore, district level data analysis is assured to aid the measuring of district level indicators and enable district scores in terms of food insecurity.

Training of field data collectors was held in Tamale, Sunyani, Kumasi, Ho and Winneba between 3-6 November, 2020, where nearly 900 personnel were trained. Eight Hundred and One (801) of the trained personnel have been deployed to the field for data collection commencing Monday 9th November, 2020 and expected to be completed by the first week in December, 2020. Each district has a team of data collectors made up of three (3) members. Field data collection is being done with Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI). This will facilitate data validation, data editing and data analysis. Therefore, it is expected that the results of the survey will be shared with stakeholders and the general public by the end of March, 2021.

The general objective of the 2020 CFSVA seeks to provide a framework for the implementation and monitoring of food and nutrition interventions in Ghana. The data that will be generated will provide the basis for reviving the quarterly Food and Nutrition Monitoring System – which provides quarterly food security situations by analyzing the key underlying factors of food security or insecurity that will be identified through the CFSVA.

The 2020 CFSVA, as part of its objectives will also monitor and assess the impact of the novel Corona Virus/COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Ghana by determining the food security status of the poorest segments of the population following the effects of the partial lockdowns.

Specifically, the CFSVA survey will:

  1. Identify who the food insecure and vulnerable people are in the country, where they live, how many they are, why they are food insecure/vulnerable, what can be done to save their lives and livelihoods, how the situation is likely to evolve, and the risks associated with them.
  2. Identify areas of food insecurity thereby targeting the neediest, informing preparedness and developing contingencies in addressing associated risks.
  3. Provide up to date information on Ghanas food security status, update the previous CFSVAs conducted in 2009 and 2012.
  4. Provide a baseline for the SDG 2 progress tracking to the Government and improve targeting of Food and Nutrition Security and Social Protection programmes.
  5. Provide information for planning governments response in connection with humanitarian targeting and action, especially risks related to COVID-19 and floods. The CFSVA will help to map-out areas (national and regional districts) and people who are moderately or severely food insecure in Ghana and analyse the underlying causes of food insecurity.
  6. Address the weak and unbalanced evidence used in formulating Food and Nutrition Security and Social Protection policies and programmes as well as poor geographical/location targeting.

The questions being asked in the survey are categorized into 12 broad sections
Section 1: Demographics and Education
Section 2: Migration
Section 3: Housing, facilities and assets
Section 4: Food consumption
Section 5: Household expenditure
Section 6: Coping strategies
Section 7: Agriculture and Access to markets
Section 8: Agricultural working inputs
Section 9: Income sources and expenditure
Section 10: Shocks, risks and Covid-19
Section 11: Minimum Diet Diversity (for female aged 15-49 years)
Section 12: Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices

The success of the field data collection will largely depend on the fullest cooperation of the general public who will be responding to the questions. We therefore, request for your patience in providing the field officers the right answers that are reliable for planning and strategic interventions.
Thank you.

Peter Takyi Peprah
Project Coordinator, 2020 CFSVA

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Extension of Deadline for Ghana Statistical Service Recruitment of Regional Trainers for Censuses

Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has extended the deadline for prospective applicants to submit their applications for the Pre-Certification Training Programme of Regional Trainers for Censuses. Applications will be accepted until 15th November 2020.

Ghana Statistical Service is looking to recruit a pool of qualified applicants from all districts in the country. Regional Trainers are trainers who will train Field Data Collection Officers at the district level. As such, it is important that all districts have adequate representation in the training programme.

The pre-certification programme will combine virtual with face-to-face training and will run from November 2020 to March 2021. It will equip participants with the tools to effectively communicate key concepts to Enumerators and Supervisors as well as build soft skill in the areas of communication and management.

The 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) will be used to launch the maiden programme for the pre-certification of Regional Trainers for data collection in Ghana to qualify successful participants as trainers for the 2021 PHC and future censuses including agriculture and economic censuses. They will also be eligible to be trainers for other surveys of the Service such as the Ghana Living Standards Survey, Demographic and Health Survey and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey.

Trainers selected for the 2021 PHC will be required to carry out additional responsibilities such as supervision, monitoring and report writing and such must be available from the start of training through to the end of the census period.

Individuals with a first degree, or equivalent experience as a trainer for censuses or surveys are invited to apply online through https://phc2020.statsghana.gov.gh.
The application process is free.
For further information,
Visit the GSS website (www.statsghana.gov.gh) or social media pages (https://www.facebook.com/statsghana or https://twitter.com/StatsGhana)
Call 059-147-6893, 020-685-0157, 055-162-5567, 059-147-6884 or 059-147-6895
WhatsApp 059-147-6884
Email phc2020recruit@statsghana.gov.gh

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Ghana Statistical Service Recruiting University Graduates for Pre-Certification Training Program

Recruitment for prospective Regional Trainers by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is ongoing. Applicants are being recruited to participate in a Pre-Certification Training Programme of Trainers for Censuses. The training programme will equip participants with the tools to effectively communicate key concepts to Data Field Officers as well as build capacity in important areas such as presentation skills, classroom management, and leadership.

The pre-certification of trainers will make them eligible to be trainers for all national censuses and surveys conducted by the Statistical Service.

Regional Trainers who successfully complete the training programme will be invited to work in their district of residence during the upcoming Population and Housing Census, which is scheduled to happen in April to May of 2021.

The conduct of the Census is in accordance with the objectives of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to provide quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information for the purpose of national development as stipulated in Clause 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) and oversight of capacity building in the statistical ecosystem.

The pre-certification training programme will combine virtual with in-person modules and will run for four months from November 2020 to March 2021.
After completing the pre-certification programme and carrying out their duties as Regional Trainers, they will be required to perform in other capacities such as Supervisors, Monitors and Report Writers. As such, trainers engaged for the 2021 Population and Housing Census must be available from the start of training through to the end of the census period.
The application process is free. Eligible individuals with a first degree or equivalent experience as a trainer for censuses/surveys are encouraged to apply online through https://phc2020.statsghana.gov.gh.
Applications are being accepted until 30th October 2020

For further information, prospective applicants can utilize the following options:
Visit the GSS website (www.statsghana.gov.gh) or social media pages (https://www.facebook.com/statsghana or https://twitter.com/StatsGhana)
Call 059-147-6893, 020-685-0157, 055-162-5567, 059-147-6884 or 059-147-6895
WhatsApp 059-147-6884
Email phc2020recruit@statsghana.gov.gh

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

GSS, UNDP engage journalists on data interpretation and communication

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has engaged journalist in a two-day training program on data interpretation and communication.

A section some of the attendees

At the two-days training, Prof. Samuel K Annim, Government Statistician said, GSS and its partners often produce research reports on various aspects of development to inform policy decisions, however, journalists sometimes misinterpret and misrepresent data out of context.

The training is seeking to improve Journalists’ knowledge and understanding on how to effectively communicate the results of data analyses. This will enhance the participants understanding of basic statistical methods and terminologies, and interpretation of statistical data within context and dissemination in the most effective ways, Prof. Annim stated.

The Government Statistician further urged journalists to limit the use of statistical terminologies when reporting of statistics and data if possible, for the benefit of non-technical experts.

The two-days training involved 25 selected journalists from Print, Online, Radio, and Television across Eastern, Volta, Central, Western, and Greater Accra Regions.

The Head of Communication for UNDP, Praise Nutakor also indicated that, it has become important that journalists continue to improve their knowledge and understanding of statistics, particularly quantitative data to be able to interpret and present these in simple and straight forward terms to facilitate understanding especially among non-technical experts.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Ghana Statistical Service Rolls Out Pre-Certification Training Programme for Trainers of Censuses

Ghana Statistical Service has launched the maiden Pre-certification Training for National Trainers with the initiation of registration, which does not require the payment of any fees.

Prof Annim, Gov’t Statistician

The online application for the training programme attracted 3,058 applications from all over the country. A competitive shortlisting, screening and interview process led to the selection of 1,744 applicants who will participate in the programme. The training will combine virtual with in-person trainings.

The virtual training of National Trainers, which is the first of its kind, is one of the innovations of the upcoming digital Population and Housing census. The virtual training allows for a cost-effective sustained engagement and is designed to give participants the flexibility to learn at their own pace and at times most suited for them. The mode of course delivery will be mainly offline with participants required to listen to pre-recorded lectures and complete uploaded assessments. Participants will have the chance to interact live with facilitators once a week as well as post their questions and comments in their group platforms.

The virtual training programme kicks off with an orientation starting from 19th October, 2020 for participants. The orientation will provide an introduction to the training and an overview of the tools needed to train successfully in censuses. The main virtual training will start on 26th October 2020 and is scheduled to run for three months.

The conduct of the Census is in accordance with the objectives of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to provide quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information for the purpose of national development as stipulated in Clause 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) and oversight of capacity building in the statistical ecosystem.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Ghana Statistical ServicePre-Certification of Trainers for CensusesRecruitment Notice

In accordance with the objectives of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) – provision of quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information for the purpose of national development -, as stipulated in Clause 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003), and oversight of capacity building in the statistical ecosystem, GSS routinely engages data collection personnel in the discharge of its duties.

The engagement of field staff is preceded by trainings aimed at equipping trainees with the knowledge, understanding and application of the instruments for data collection. Due to the recurrence of this activity in the conduct of national censuses and surveys, GSS has resolved to certify trainers to engender the following: continuous learning, retraining and coaching; a three-way (GSS, field staff and respondents) trust building; equitable distribution of trainers across localities and enumeration areas; creation of a a pool of trainers to be used by all data collection institutions; and institute a career development path for trainers.

The pre-certification programme will equip selected applicants with the tools to effectively communicate key concepts to other trainers and to enumerators.

In addition, critical topics such as presentation skills, virtual presentation skills, classroom management, leadership and management and communicating effectively will be part of the training content. The upcoming population and housing census will be used to launch the maiden programme for the certification of trainers for data collection in Ghana. This training programme will combine virtual with in-person modules and will run from 5th October 2020 to 5th February 2021 for National Trainers and from 7th November 2020 to 5th March 2021 for Regional Trainers.

Benefits

The training will certify participants as professional trainers who have the communication, management, and leadership skills to effectively train others on a large and complex scale and qualify them as trainers for the upcoming Population and Housing Census and future censuses.

The pre-certification of trainers will make them eligible for participation in trainings for other national censuses and surveys of the Ghana Statistical Service which include but not limited to the periodic conduct of agriculture censuses and surveys, economic censuses and surveys, Ghana Living Standards Survey, Demographic and Health Surveys and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.

Trainers with the requisite background and knowledge will be the preferred option for GSS in the recruitment of field monitors and report writers. This is a unique advantage in the circumstance of a job search with the Service and other government agencies, research institutions, and academic institutions.

Trainers can progress from regional trainers through national trainers to earn certification as master trainers.

Roles and Responsibilities of Trainers

Conducting effective training of field personnel

Planning and supervision of field practice

Managing logistics

Daily reporting and feedback

Administering scheduled assessments

Daily classroom management and supervision

Enforcing adherence to health (COVID-19) protocols (for in-person trainings)

Key Competencies/Experience

A postgraduate degree or equivalent experience as trainer for censuses/surveys

A teaching background will be an added advantage

Application Process

GSS therefore, invites interested persons who are meticulous and goal-oriented with leadership qualities to apply. There are no fees required to apply. Eligible persons should apply online through https://phc2020.statsghana.gov.gh

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa