Home Grown School Feeding reaching the marginalised in Ghana

Ghana News Agency talk to the Ghana School Feeding Programme’s Public Relations Officer on developments made by the initiative. The Partnership for Child Development, based at Imperial College London has supported the Government of Ghana through its Home Grown School Feeding initiative. 

Original article published on the, Ghana News Agency Thursday 12th April 2012

Ghana seeks foreign assistance for School Feeding Programme

In 2011 the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) was given GH¢60 million for its operations by the government as part of its contribution to the program.

Previously, the Dutch Government were the sole sponsor of the programme which provided assistance since its inception in 2005, but redrew its support in 2007 when the programme managers failed to abide by the rules and regulations laid down at the time.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday, Public Relations Officer of the GSFP, Mr Siba Alfa, commented that although the money was not enough to cater for all the budget of the Secretariat, other needs of the programme had been accounted for in a supplementary budget.

He said the programme now contracted the services of an internal auditor and developed a Management Information System (MIS) to safeguard its data. It is hoped that by doing this, it would attract some foreign assistance.

The programme now enjoys assistance from the Partnership for Child Development, an organization based in the United Kingdom, to develop policies and recruit experts to manage its agricultural sectors, and which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Alfa commented that as the management of the programme was working hard to gain sponsorship, it had also since September 2011 restructured itself to ensure that more deprived schools benefited from the programme. He added, “as part of the restructuring, we embarked on retargeting, which enabled us to redraw the programme from well-to-do schools to more deprived ones.”

The programme is now functional in all the 170 districts across the country and it is hoped to get more deprived schools under the programme.

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