MINISTRY OF GENDER PARTICIPATES AT THE 2020 RESULTS FAIR
January 15, 2020 3:50 pm
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison at the Results Fair held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Wednesday 15th January, 2020 mentioned that beneficiary pupils under the Ghana School Feeding Programme have increased from 1,671,777 in 2017 to 2,939,555 in 2019 and this is as a result of the programmes expansion in 2018 to cover more public, primary and Kindergarten schools in deprived communities both in the rural and urban areas.
She said the expansion of the programmes resulted in schools’ coverage from 5,682 beneficiary schools in 2017 to 9162 in 2019.
Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison said in addressing unemployment issues the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) has created direct jobs for women and it has increased enrolment in the beneficiary schools. According to her the use of locally grown food stuffs creates a ready market for our local producers and the programme is supplying locally produced rice, soy chunks amongst others to contracted caterers through the National Buffer stock.
She mentioned that the Ministry has introduced the use of soy as a relatively cheaper source of protein in school meals and these trainings have demonstrated the preparation of fortified local meals (soy fortified gari forto, kokonte, texturized soy product (TSP) soups and stews amongst others) and this is to ensure a boost in both macro and micro nutrients for beneficiary pupils.
Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison expressed her concern on the issue of some schools that are yet to benefit from the GSFP, she said plans are underway to expand the programme to schools that have not yet been captured.
She also stated that the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty programme also seeks to reduce poverty by smoothening consumption of human capital development among extremely poor households.
According to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison the Ministry is doing its best to expand the LEAP programme to cover additional extremely poor household.