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Improving incomes in Ghana's School Feeding Programme

In 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 districts 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 district level actors and caterers within their project districts, and they will also ensure caterers are fully equipped with the handy measure tools they need.

The school meals planner, alongside the handy measures, allows users to plan and create nutritionally balanced and fully costed school meals using locally available food. It is the first tool of its kind to show the macro and micronutrient contents of cooked meals made from locally procured ingredients.


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

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.

It was aimed at taking participants through a healthy eating manual developed by PCD, and to equip participants with skills in financial reporting, common nutrition problems among school-aged children, and the core food groups. 

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


PCD and Partners Convene Learning Event in Ghana

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in collaboration with development partners World Food Programme (WFP), Netherlands Development Organisation, SNV, Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recently held a two-day intensive Home Grown School Feeding National Learning Event in Accra.

The event was themed “Sustaining the Ghana School Feeding Programme: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons.” At the end of the session participants issued a communiqué, which reaffirmed the third objective of the GSFP as a strategy to promote an increase in domestic food production and consumption; increase the incomes of poor rural households; and improve the health and nutritional status of the pupils in such deprived schools.

Read more: PCD and Partners Convene Learning Event in Ghana


Ghana School Feeding Programme requests further support to help Ghanaian children

Girl waiting for lunch in GhanaThe 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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Sourcing from local farmers

HGSF programmes provide an opportunity for smallholder farmers to benefit from access to a market with stable, structured, and predictable demand.

The documents available here are specifically relevant to agricultural and community members of the school feeding process.
Community:  Farmers, school children and teachers

Local community members are the keystone of home grown school feeding programmes.

From smallholder farmers to cooks and caterers to teachers and school-children, they comprise all elements of the school feeding supply chain and are integral to programme design and implementation.

The school feeding supply chain

Home grown school feeding can create jobs and profits not only for smallholder farmers, but also for a wide range of stakeholders involved in getting the food from the field to the classroom.

The school feeding supply chain includes those involved in the transportation, processing, and preparation of food.
Researchers and Practitioners

A growing body of research around HGSF is helping inform the design and implementation of national programmes.

This evidence base being generated by researchers and translated by practitioners continues to strengthen HGSF knowledge and operations.

School health and nutrition

Healthy, well-fed children learn better. HGSF programmes which integrate school health and nutrition interventions can improve educational acheivement.

The resources available here relate to the potential educational and nutritional benefits of HGSF programmes.
Donors and Policy Makers

Resources available here are specifically relevant to policy makers and donors and address the sustainability and multisectoral dimensions of HGSF programmes.

Operational support information is also available that can help inform decision making.