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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.




 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.



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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Dubai Cares visits Ghana to monitor & evaluate its HGSF programme

PCD West Africa Regional Director Daniel Mumuni talking with farmers & caterers in Ghana A Dubai Cares team recently concluded a number of field visits to Ghana to monitor and evaluate its four year Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme.

The aim of the US$2.7 million Dubai Cares funded programme launched in 2012, is to support the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) which impacts on 320,800 primary school children and 82,078 rural households, enhancing education prospects for children and providing farmer communities with reliable markets to sell their produce.

Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares said: "This field visit to Ghana underlines our commitment to effective monitoring and evaluation that ensures a culture of continuous learning and greater impact. It also helps us maintain a close relationship with the communities we are supporting."

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President Mahama commends Bill Gates for supporting Ghana

Schoolchildren in GhanaPresident of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama recently commended Mr Bill Gates, for his tremendous support to Ghana's school feeding and public healthcare system, (especially in the area of HIV/AIDS), which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have supported.

Mr Bill Gates was in Ghana for a two-day working from March 25th to see some of the projects his Foundation are executing and to participate in an immunization tour.

President Mahama said the support from the Bill Gates' Foundation had helped to boost the nutritional needs of children and increase the number of children going to school, which has in fact, enabled Ghana to reach the universal enrolment level.

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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.