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Improving incomes in Ghana's School Feeding Programme

Caterer in GhanaIn February contracts were signed by beneficiaries of Ghana's School Feeding Programme, ensuring that caterers are able to purchase quality food directly from the farmers, allowing them to get good prices for farmer produce, and so that farmers have ready access to markets.  

The contract signing process has been facilitated by Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development, in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and partners, and began in Ghana's Akwapim North District. The process was initiated after farmers and caterers highlighted the usefulness of such agreements during round table discussions held last year.

After contracts have been signed in the Akwaipim North District, the same event will be carried out across all 29 districts of Ghana where the GFSP is being implemented. 

 

Innovative school meals planning tool expands reach in Ghana

Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development have begun to expand its on and offline School Meals Planner enhancing the quality, quantity of school meals in Ghana's northern region - specifically, into disctricts in which partners, the World Food Programme (WFP) operate in.

To do this, PCD have been training WFP staff to use both the planner and handy measures - everyday items such as spoons and jugs which calibrate food quantities. Equipped with this new knowledge WFP are set to roll out training for disctrict level actors and caterers within their project districts, and they will also ensure caterers are fully equipped with the handy measure tools they need.

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Zanzibar School Attendance Increases to 86% Following HGSF Launch

web smiling cookAfter five months of Zanzibar’s Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme implementation, preliminary results from a survey on its impact show that 
  • Enrolment has increased by 18% in the programme's nine schools 
  • Pupil attendance increased to 86% by the end of the third school term 
  • High school dropout cases declined to more than half 
Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) supported the survey led by the Government which looked at household and smallholder farmer status, school enrolment, performance and attendance. 

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Malian Government Overcome HGSF Challenges

participants at the SNV eventVarious initiatives were identified to make school feeding efficient, nationally owned and sustainable throughout Mali at a learning event themed, the “Role of key stakeholders in the success and sustainability of school feeding in Mali”.

The event was hosted by Mali’s National School Feeding Centre (CNCS), with support from Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and Dutch development organisation SNV.

“The Government of Mali is strongly committed to promoting school feeding in order to face the challenges in education, health and nutrition for school-aged children,” said General Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Souleymane Goundiam. He continued, “But, we must recognize that the national school feeding programme faces bottlenecks, especially given Mali’s recent political crisis, this workshop is therefore of particular importance.”

Read more: Malian Government Overcome HGSF Challenges

   

Assessing the best markets for Malian farmers

PCD's Mali Programme Manager and farmers As part of an ongoing assessment of Mali’s Home Grown School Feeding programme, Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development and Mali’s Ministry of Agriculture are looking into how 52 rural cereal markets in Mali's Mopti and Kayes regions function and what their implications are on smallholder farmers and households.  

Using the study's data, recommendations can inform key policies to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, mainly concerning what are the best markets they can sell to, and what school feeding markets provide the best opportunities for them. 

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