The Deputy Minister, Hon. Freda Prempeh on behalf of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has expressed her profound gratitude to the World Food Programme, Yedent Agro Processing Company, Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and all others for their continuous support to ensure the Ghana School Feeding Programme is a success.
She pledged the Ministry’s unflinching support to GSFP caterers and their head cooks whenever they are facing any difficulty in line of their duty.
She mentioned this during a Training Programme in Volta and Oti Regions on Nutrition Initiatives to improve the quality of school meals in Ghana.
The Innovative training is the result of a joint Government of Ghana (GoG), WFP and Partnership for Child Development (PCD) school meals nutrition study conducted in 2017 at the National Dissemination and Advocacy workshop on the findings stakeholders recommended.
The new innovation will improve tremendously the protein quality of foods served to school children. It will also help the caterers save money in various dishes.
The main goal of this training workshop is to deepen the involvement and participation of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and the Ghana School Feeding Programme National Secretariat in managing an efficient and effective homegrown school feeding programme.
The Deputy Minister stressed on the need for the caterers and head cooks to patronize grown foods in the preparation of their meals.
She cautioned the caterers to desist from trying to impress the teachers by preparing delicious meals for them whilst the foods prepared for the pupils are not the best. She said the school feeding meals are meant for the students and they have to prepare sumptuous and well balanced meals for them.
Dr. Gertrude Quashigah the Ag. National Coordinator for GSFP mentioned that unannounced inspection on hygiene which has already been started by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison will soon commence and it will include health certificate validity, cooking ethics, environmental hygiene, and self-hygiene.
She added that the new phase introduced by the GSFP include “Soya” chewable meat to replace chicken and fish which is so nutritious and enhancing the quality of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).
Madam Emma Anaman and Madam Gyamilla Wahabi representatives of the World Food Programme, said the WFP has transitioned from direct food assistance and service delivery to capacity strengthening and policy support, with a continued commitment to supporting the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana School Feeding Programme to make the Ghana home-grown school feeding a model within the African continent.
According to them, WFP has promised to continue to work with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to strengthen the capacity of the Ghana School Feeding Programme to fully implement a home-grown school feeding programme, which provides nutritious meals linked to agriculture to boost the local economy; as well as support capacity strengthening in other related Social Protection Programmes.
Madam Soteria Aba Yedua Ntim-Adu the manageress for Yedent Agro Processing Company in her address said Yedent together with the WFP and PCD have worked together with the GSFP for the past years on Nutrition Training.
She said Yednam is a texturized soya protein which serves as a meat substitute and all soya beans used in the use of Yednam is grown and harvested in the country, mostly from the northern part of Ghana.
Madam Doris Gaba, the Director of Operations at the Ghana School Feeding Programme in her speech mentioned that, every caterer will be given a head cook certificate of participation.
She urged all added that every caterer has been given the GSFP handy measures so all the caterers and head cooks to display the GSFP handy measures at their various schools.