Ghana: Nutrition Profile

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A young mother and her child are tested by a smiling health worker. Photo credit: Kate Holt for JHPIEGO/the USAID/Ghana Maternal and Child Survival Project
  • Ghana

    Flag of Ghana

  • Population

    28.2 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    4.1 Million

  • % Stunting

    19% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    11% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Kate Holt for JHPIEGO

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Ghana due to the prevalence of undernutrition, overnutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies.

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Ghana. The U.S. Government selected Ghana as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy.

  • Feed the Future Ghana Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (AgNRM)
  • Communicate for Health (C4H)
  • WASH for Health (W4H)
  • Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING)
  • Systems for Health (S4H)
  • Evaluate for Health (E4H)
  • Feed the Future ADVANCE II
  • Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
  • Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) 1000
  • USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)


For more information, read the Ghana country profile [PDF, 252KB].