The Ghana School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the African Development Agency has provided training for caterers in the various schools on how to prepare local foods with high nutritional value for the children.
This formed part of activities marking the World Food Day Celebration in the Ashanti region.
Ms. Kefilwe Khoba Moalosi; a senior nutrition manager from AUDA NEPAD applauded the government for her efforts at eradicating hunger from Ghana’s basic schools and called for improved infrastructure such as kitchens for the schools in order to enhance the quality of the meals provided the pupils. She also promised her outfit’s support for the programme. She said Ghana is the leading country within the AU member countries implementing homegrown school feeding programme.
Public Relations Officer for the School Feeding Programme; Siiba Alfa appealed to the MMDAs to make allocations from their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to support government build sustainable kitchens for the caterers.
Some of the caterers also appealed for some upfront money to enable them buy foodstuffs.
The day was marked in Kumasi at the Jubilee park with caterers drawn from various constituencies within the region.
World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Held annually on 16th October, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.
Celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, over 820million people worldwide suffering chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every day.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Healthy diets for a zero hunger world”.
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