Govenmentt Urged To Improve School Feeding Programme

school_feedingStakeholders, including caterers, farmers, nutritionists and educationists have appealed to the government to improve the School Feeding Programme (SFP) to enable it to achieve its objectives.

The stakeholders made the appeal at a day’s forum organised by the Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), at Koforidua on Thursday.

The forum was aimed at collating the views of stakeholders for the drafting of a national SFP policy to address challenges associated with the NSFP.

The stakeholders also appealed to the government to construct bole holes and build kitchens in the various schools, to enable caterers of the NSFP to prepare food under hygienic conditions.

The caterers expressed worry about the high prices of local food items, especially rice, which the programme aims to promote.

Addressing the forum, Mrs Victoria Kuma-Mintah, Deputy National Co-ordinator in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation of the SFP, said the proposed programme seeks to improve the programme by providing a framework to link the SFP with local agricultural production.

Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Baba Jamal, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, asked the stakeholders to remain committed to the SFP, since government was doing its best to tackle the challenges associated with it.

In a statement read on her behalf, Ms. Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Eastern Regional Minister, asked Metropolitan, Municipal,  and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to promptly provide schools with water and sanitary facilities and to organise regular education in hygiene and nutrition for the caterers.

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