August 25, 2018 3:23 pm

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection has organised successfully a three-day training programme dubbed ‘Nutrition & Innovative Training for Caterers & Cooks’ at the Efua Suntherland Children’s Park in Accra.

The caterers and cooks, which were from the Greater Accra Region, were trained with the skills of preparing a nutritious and a balanced diet meal using locally available foodstuffs for the school children under the programme.

The three (3) day training programme, which was launched on Thursday, 23rd August 2018 at the Efua Suntherland Children’s Park, aimed at creating awareness of providing nutritious meal through innovative ways of cooking, equipping GSFP caterers and cooks with the requisite skills and knowledge on hygiene and sanitation and also use the project as a pilot to help generate an ecological menu for the region and other beneficiary regions.

According to the Acting Coordinator of GSFP, Mrs. Paulina Koranteng, in order to achieve the nutrition objectives of the programme, there was a need to develop and use standard meal menu based on foodstuffs in the ecological zones and train caterers in their use through practical demonstration on nutritional innovations to equip caterers with the practical aspect instead of always concentrating on only the theory. “Practicality in any given activity is more achievable than the theoretical aspect”, she added.

GSFP has observed that in deprived areas of the country where locally grown foodstuffs are being used, the nutritional components, is sometimes compromised due to the challenges such as inadequate feeding grant, delay in the release of funds and inadequate skills and knowledge on the part of caterers.

It is based on the above background that, the Deputy National Coordinator of GSFP in collaboration with its Nutrition Unit organised the training programme to equip participants with the requisite skills and knowledge on creative ways (thus the introduction of soy products to fortify meals prepared for beneficiary children) of cooking using locally available foodstuffs.

Advising caterers and cooks, Mrs. Gertrude Quarshigah, Deputy National Coordinator of GSFP, expressed that nutrition is about ensuring the right nutrients are consumed to meet the dietary need of a person. “When we talk about nutrition, it is not just about how much food is available to consume, but rather ensuring the right nutrients are consumed to meet the dietary need of a person”, she stressed.

In a statement read on her behalf, The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo said that Government will continue to support efforts to create greater awareness around the positive lifestyle behaviors which help people stay in shape and allow them live healthier lives.

Sponsors of the events also pledged their commitment to support initiatives targeted at ensuring the right and healthy nutrition of children.

The three-day training workshop was supported by Tasty Tom, Mama Africa Rice, and Frytol.

The training programme is expected to be conducted for caterers and cooks in all ten regions of Ghana.


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