The Energizing Learning Nutrition Project, which would be piloted
in the Northern and Ashanti Regions for two years, aims to supplement
the meals of 50,000 pupils to 100,000 pupils with a daily fortified
The goal of the project is to improve the nutritional content of
school lunches, helping to reduce hunger and malnutrition, as well as to
boost domestic food production and the security of rural farmers.
The project would invest in increasing the quantity and improving
the quality of locally grown groundnuts to meet food safety quality
standards, while Hershey would process the groundnut at its Kumasi
Factory into paste and supply to pupils as snacks after their school
Mr Seidu Adamu, the National Coordinator of GSFP, who spoke at the
launch of the project at Tamaligu in the Karaga District of the Northern
Region, on Monday, said it would help to arrest malnutrition amongst
children, which was one of the objectives for implementing the GSFP.
Mr Adamu said the GSFP was not merely to feed school children but
to reduce poverty and ensure food security, explaining the new project
would create market for groundnut farmers across the country.
He emphasised the need for all to eat locally produced food to help
lift the country out of poverty and improve the incomes of farmers.
Mr Imoro Yakubu, the District Chief Executive for Karaga, said the
project would positively impact the lives of groundnut farmers and urged
all partners to work hard to ensure its success.
Mr Yakubu called encouraged development organisations to support
the project to expand it across the country to enable more pupils to
Mr Mike Wege, the Chief Administrative Officer of Hershey Company,
said the decision to partner with GSFP to implement the project was to
build on the success of Hershey to support the education of children in
Naa Yakubu Andani Abdulai, the Chief of Tamaligu described the
project as refreshing news as it would boost the nutrition status of
pupils as well as support groundnut farmers.
Hershey is the leading manufacturer of chocolate and confectionary
products in the United States, and a major purchaser of cocoa from West
Africa. It works in partnership with the Ghana Cocoa Board to improve
Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh