By Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Aug. 20, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo will from September 2019,
launch the Cocoa Beverage Project (CBP), to supply pupils under the school
feeding programme, cocoa drink in addition to their school meals.
Mamle Morrison, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), who
announced this noted that the nutritional intervention was a step towards
boosting the intake of pupils across the country.
is in line with the strategic aim of the Ghana school Feeding Programme (GSFP),
to shore up school enrolment, attendance, retention and reduce short term
hunger and malnutrition.
Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Agona West gave the hint
at a day's stakeholders' Regional workshop on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of
the 2018 report of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in Cape Coast.
together Coordinators of the Programme, representatives of Ghana Education
Service( GES), Ghana Health Service (GHS),
caterers, cooks and the media.
was organised by the Gender Ministry with support from the World Food Programme
(WFP) to disseminate the report findings of CBA, the benefits of GSFP and to
agree on the way forward.
assured of several innovation interventions to be introduced by the Ministry to
significantly boost the GSFP, particularly the quality of the meal served to
It is also
working to boost the welfare and financial management skills of the caterers to
expand and sustain the programme to profit more Ghanaian kids.
government's commitment to the programme, Mrs. Morison underscored the
importance of the initiative stating that it would help in job creation,
increase local food production and consumption and inure to health of the
In addition to
that, the feeding grant of GH¢0.80 in 2016 has been increased to GH¢1.00 by
government with negotiation ongoing to increase to GH¢1.50 per pupil and extend
coverage from 62 to 70 percent by the end of 2020.
The Agona West
Legislator enumerated some challenges confronting the smooth operations of the
policy to include; delay in payment and the poor quality of the food served by
some caterers and appealed to the private sector and development partners to
sustain and expand the programme.
Quashigah, the National Coordinator of the GSFP, said her outfit remained
resolute to provide pupils in selected public primary schools with one hot
nutritious meal prepared from locally grown foodstuffs.
In so doing, she
revealed, more pupils in 254 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
representing 62 percent national coverage, would benefit from the initiative.
Mrs. Thomas Yaw
Adjei-Baffoe, the Deputy Regional Minister said the implementation of the GSFP
was a giant step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal one and two
which seek to end poverty and hunger, food security, and improve nutrition.