Ghana School Feeding Programme to Buy Produce From Farmers in Upper West Region

School feeding in Ghana

Twenty five farmer based groups in the Wa East District of Ghana's upper west region have agreed to sell their farm produce to caterers who operate under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).

Madam Cecilia Hamza, the Upper West Regional Coordinator for Netherlands development organisation, SNV, who support the GSFP, noted that the programme was going to impact greatly on the economy, as 80% of local foodstuff would be acquired from the farmers by the caterers under the programme.

The farmer produce will include; beans, maize, rice and groundnuts to the caterers at the current market prices of these commodities, with an addition of 10% margin for credit sales.

Mrs. Fati Bodua Seidu, the Country Director for SNV noted that most farmers in the district were not aware that the School Feeding Programme had a ready market for their farm produce.

She said through the HGSF concept, farmers could sell their produce to caterers of the GSFP without having to incur additional costs of transporting their produce to marketing centres.

Mrs. Seidu noted that 10,000 small holder farmers in Ghana with 30% being women could derive stable incomes through effective participation in the programme.

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