Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP)
The GSFP is a multi-sectoral programme that has objectives in education, agriculture, health and nutrition, and most importantly poverty reduction and food security. Based on the objectives, the following constitute the main activities of the programme:
- Feeding children in public primary schools in deprived communities
- Monitoring of feeding activities
- Sensitize stakeholders and the public on the Programme
- Provide a vehicle for increasing local food production through school feeding
The GSFP began in late 2005 with 10 pilot schools, drawn from each region of the country. By August 2006, it had been expanded to 200 schools covering 69,000 pupils in all 138 districts at the time with a plan to reach a total of 500 schools and 155,000 children by the end of the year.
The GSFP currently feeds about 1.7million school school children a day across all the 216 districts across Ghana (Approx. 5,000 schools/average 23 per District).
GSFP Regional Coordinating Offices: The Regional Coordinating Offices are staffed by a Regional Coordinator Monitoring Officers and secretariat to oversee district coordinators at the regional and district levels.
District Assembly: The actual implementation of the GSFP is at the district level using existing district staff and structures.
District Implementing Committees (DICs): It is a district level coordinating unit of the GSFP that exercises direct oversight over beneficiary schools in the district on behalf of the District Assembly. It oversees the implementation and management of all the components of the GSFP at the district level. Chaired by the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Chief Executive.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme under the Tech Driven Social Accountability for Results Project seeks to introduce tools and mechanisms that will allow citizens, communities, civil society and independent media organizations to hold public official and politicians involved in the implementation of the GSFP accountable and also strengthen the effective and efficient implementation of the Programme