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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.

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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”.

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Ghana, 10 other African countries meet first MDG on reducing hunger

Ghana and ten other African countries have met Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 targeted at reducing hunger by half between 1990 and 2015.woman veg The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said these countries are evidently moving in the right direction.

According to FAO, Ghana as well as Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Djibouti, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Togo have already met MDG 1 on hunger which is aimed at reducing by half the proportion of hungry people by 2015.

An initial 2025 target was abandoned at a high-level meeting on food security in Africa organized by the AU, Brazil's Lula Institute - headed by former Brazilian President and FAO in Addis Ababa in July last year. Head of the United Nations FAO welcomed an advance commitment by African leaders to end hunger on the continent and pledged the UN's support.

   

GHANA SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME: Way Forward

 

 DSC0005In 2005, school enrolment, attendance and retention at public basic and primary schools in Ghana were significantly lower than today. What changed?  One of the major contributing factors is the Ghana School Feeding Programme introduced eight years ago as part of government efforts o meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on education, poverty alleviation and food security.  Starting from a total of ten schools nationwide when the pilot was initiated, SFP now serves over 1.6 million school children in 4,952 schools.  Programme partners include the Dutch government, Partnership for Child Development (PCD), SEND Ghana and several international and local NGOs, though there are efforts to shift the programme from a donor-driven to home-grown enterprise. Another significant shift is looking  beyond increased enrolment figures to measurable improvements in child nutrition in beneficiary schools.

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Bill Gates talks school feeding with Ghanaian farmers

 

PCD West Africa Regional Director Daniel Mumuni with Bill GatesDuring his first ever visit to Ghana, Bill Gates joined the Partnership for Child Development to talk with smallholder farmers, teachers and caterers to better understand the issues and opportunities presented by Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been supporting the development of government-led, HGSF programmes since 2009. These nationally owned initiatives enable schools to procure the ingredients for their school meals from local  smallholder farmers.

The benefits of programmes, such as the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), are felt by the school child and farmer alike with school children getting free nutritious hot meals whilst the farmer gets access to a regular market, providing a win-win for both education and economic development.

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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.

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