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Bill and Melinda Gates' vision for 2030 - an Africa able to feed itself

Farmer in Ethiopia 2What do you think the world be like for Africa’s smallholder farmers in 2030? 

As laid out in their Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are pretty optimistic. Spurred on by the progress their foundation has made since its establishment at the millennium, and convinced that by further collaboration, new innovations and greater technology access, they bet 15 years from now four key outcomes will have changed the lives of the world’s poorest people more than ever before.
 
Agriculture is one of these outcomes, a hugely significant sector The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have long recognised the potential of, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where seven out of ten people are smallholder farmers. 

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PCD Trains Ghana's School Health Professionals on Healthy Eating and Hygiene

Boy in school in Ghana eating lunch

A two-day Training of Trainers workshop on good nutrition and hygiene was organised by the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), opened in Accra on Wednesday 17 December.

The workshop which is under the PCD/GSFP – Dubai Cares Nutrition Project aimed at equipping participants with mass media communication, to be delivered at community and school levels.

It brought together school health education programme personnel under the Ghana Education Service from 15 municipal and districts in nine regions.

Read more: PCD Trains Ghana's School Health Professionals on Healthy Eating and Hygiene

   

PCD and Partners Convene Government Learning Event in Ghana

Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and development partners recently supported the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) to hold a two-day learning event outlining the challenges and opportunities of the programme. 120 participants attended, drawn from the Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Finance, Food and Agriculture and Women's and Children's Affairs. 

"Everyone has a role in championing the school feeding programme in Ghana. It's an all hands on deck situation for the benefit of the Ghanaian child," said Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye, chair of the event's open session and Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies. 

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Celebrate World Soil Day 2014

Where Food Begins resizedSoils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
 
Did you know?
 
Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil so that its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met.

Read more: Celebrate World Soil Day 2014

   

Ghana School Feeding Programme requests further support to help Ghanaian children

Girl waiting for lunch in Ghana The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) has requested the Ministry of Finance to increase the feeding grant allocated to children under the programme.
 
According to the programme, it had requested an increase from the present 50Gp to GH¢1 to enable the caterers to provide more nutritious food for the 1.7 million pupils catered for under the programme.
 
The National Co-ordinator of the GSFP, Mr Seidu Adamu, made this known at the opening of a two-day programme aimed at enhancing the linkage between small-holder farmers and the school feeding programme.
 
The programme, know as the Ghana Home-Grown School Feeding Learning Event, was on the theme, “Sustaining the Ghana School Feeding Programme: Opportunities, challenges and lessons”.

Read more: Ghana School Feeding Programme requests further support to help Ghanaian children

   

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