The ‘North Dakota – Ghana Food Initiative’ provided an opportunity for North Dakota food producers to help Ghanaians meet their most pressing food security and nutritional challenges while developing an export market for North Dakota’s healthy food ingredients.
Led by the North Dakota Trade Office the two-part initiative included a trade mission and two conference-style events. North Dakota companies participated in a traditional trade mission to assess their products viability in the Ghanaian market and meetings with contacts in the food industry.
The second part of the initiative was educational. In conjunction with the trade mission, the North Dakota Trade Office and Praxis Africa hosted two events – one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting – to introduce North Dakota products. North Dakota educators and food specialists presented on nutritional benefits of the North Dakota products and demonstrated possible incorporation into the Ghanaian diet. Ghanaian foods prepared with North Dakota products were served.
North Dakota exporters donated a small amount of product to the project and shipped a 20-ft container whose contents wer distributed in Awutu-Mankessim.
Food items donated by North Dakota companies included:
SK Food – Organic Pinto Beans
Central Valley Bean – Pinto Beans & Black Beans
JM Grain – Whole Green Peas
SB&B Foods – Red Spring Wheat
North Dakota Mill – Flour
Supervalu – Dakota Growers brand pasta