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The Policy innovations aims at linking agriculture, food systems and nutrition; and also explaining why a greater policy emphasis is needed on the multiple- win outcomes of healthy meals in schools.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor

Most countries in the world provide school meals: at least 368 million are feed daily in schools.

However, it obvious that a few governments have adopted local procurement of food that would have multiple benefits for diets , agriculture and learning.

Addressing Journalists at the launching ceremony in Accra, the Fomer President of Ghana John A. Kufuor , who was the Co- Chair described the farm school relationship as a win-win policy choice which “has had a great impact on the economy of Ghana”.

Adding that, nutritious and healthy school meals are good for children. Besides, the growth of every nation depends on good nutrition.

The government started supporting food procurement from local farmers in 2005. The initiative now involves 4,000 schools serving over 1.6million children.

Global Panel Member and President of the Public Health Foundation of India Professor K. Srinath Reddy , stated that providing and promoting the intake of healthy nutritionally balanced meals, school feeding programmes can also increase the demand for local farm outputs.
This he said, can also support a more efficient local food procurement and delivery system.

According to him, feeding children in school is not a new idea. Recent policy innovations have expanded to focus on the delivery of healthy meals to children while at the same time stimulating agriculture through the procurement of food from local producers.

“Some countries have already made significant progress in this area , such as Ghana and USA. These include countries where national governments are consciously encouraging agricultural education- nutrition synergies as part of a creative legislative agenda, ” he noted.

The Director – General and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and also a member of Global Panel Mr Graziano da Silva, stated that there many win- win situations in combining actions , from social protection to production.

Providing nutritionally balanced school meals with complementary nutrition education and health measures can support improved school performance, nutrition literacy as well as employment and income in later life.

The Global Panel is independent group of influential experts with a commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition. Besides, the Global Panel is working to ensure that agriculture and food systems support access to nutritious food at every stage of life.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh


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