The Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI), in collaboration with Send Ghana, has organized a District Stakeholders Dialogue to help brainstorm over challenges impeding the smooth running of the Ghana School Feeding program.
The dialogue was necessitated by Send Ghana’s monitoring report, which identified some gaps in the procurement process at the District level, requiring recommendations and urgent interventions to help strengthen the program.
The Project Officer of SEND-GHANA, Ms. Sandra Kwabea Sarkwah, in a presentation cited the recurring issue of late payments to local school feeding caterers. This she said, the delay of payment affects the quality of meals delivered to pupils.
She also mentioned the de-politicisation of the recruitment of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) caterers.
This she said the politically motivated recruitment had resulted in the selection of unqualified and non- motivated caterers affecting efficient service delivery.
She said that politically motivated recruitment had resulted in the selection of unqualified and uninspired caterers, jeopardizing efficient service delivery.
According to her, the caterers also expressed worry about the unavailability of standard kitchens. This she said, it is affecting their service delivery.
Participants at the forum also emphasized the need for an immediate increase in the feeding grant, claiming that the amount allotted by the government to make daily nutritious meals for students is pitifully small.
Stressing that, the GH¢1.00 is not enough to purchase food items on the market to prepare quality meals and serve in the right quantity for the children.
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Mr. Philip Kwesi Agyei, Founder/Managing Director of the Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI), urged the government to act swiftly to address the challenges revealed by the report findings in order to ensure the Program’s sustainability.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) was instituted in 2005 as an initiative of the Comprehensive Africa Development Agriculture Programme (CAADP) Pillar 3, which seeks to enhance food security in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.
It is to provide children in public primary schools with one hot nutritious meal prepared from locally grown foodstuffs, on every school-going day.
Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh