WFP Country Director lauds school feeding programme
The new Country Director of the world Food Programme (WFP) in Ghana, Ms pippa Bradford, has expressed satisfaction with Ghana’s implementation of the school feeding programme. Ms Bradford said this when she paid a courtesy call on Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who is also the Member of Parliament for Amenfi East.
Ms Bradford said she had paid an unannounced visit to a school in the Northern Region and was impressed with the hot meals being served the children.
Ms Bradford expressed the hope that the WFP’s collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development would increase in future.
Welcoming the WFP’s Country Director to his office, Mr Oppong-Fosu expressed the government’s appreciation for the support the WFP had been providing the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) over the years.
This, he said, included the recruitment of monitoring and education specialists for the programme to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation systems at all levels and in the development of a national school feeding policy, among others.
Mr Oppong-Fosu commended the WFP for facilitating the learning visit to Brazil by a Ghanaian delegation to tour the WFP’s centre of excellence and for Ghana to understudy the Brazilian model of the school feeding programme since Brazil fed about 47 million school children.
He also said the WFP was collaborating with the GSFP to feed about 160,000 pupils in the three northern regions of Ghana.
The WFP provides feeding for two days in a week and the Ghana School Feeding Programme does so three days in a week.
The WFP provides rice, beans,oil and iodated salt and occasionally canned fish.
Present at the meeting were the National Coordinator of the GSFP, Mr seidu Adamu, and officials of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
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