Enhancing the impact of the Ghana School Feeding Programme

As part of efforts to further the effective implementation of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and partner NGOs are building capacities to monitor the programme's implementation.

As part of a four-year project, the organisation will assist in the training and supply to smallholder farmers in three African countries to enhance local income levels.

Mrs. Fati Bodua Seidu, Country Coordinator of the Project, explained that the sensitization of community members would develop innovative interventions to improve the performance of government-led school feeding programmes, increasing benefits to smallholder farmers within four years.

The Project known as: “Procurement governance for home grown school feeding programmes” is being implemented in Ghana, Kenya and Mali and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a 7.5 million dollars grant to support about 78,000 farmers gain access to previously denied markets, improving their livelihoods and incomes, while millions of children will receive improved nutrition through their schools.

The project will allow over 10,000 smallholder farmers, of which 30% are women, gain access to the programme's market. Interventions would be continuously linked with policy dialogue in the procurement, social and production development spheres so that they could be applied to existing school feeding programmes to improve the practice of transparency and accountability at local, regional and national levels. 

Original article printed in the Ghana News Agency.

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