Ghanaian children with lunch.jpgThe Partnership for Child Development​, Imperial College London, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education, UK Government, and international partners invite schools, farmers, cooks, health professional and development organisations to join in celebrating the 2014 International School Meals Day​ on March 6, to raise awareness of the importance of food and nutrition on education and to share school food experiences from across the globe.

For the second year running, students and schools celebrate International School Meals Day by promoting healthy eating and learning, using this year’s theme of ‘Food Stories’ to communicate different cultures and bring communities together.   

Sharing Ghana's Home Grown School Feeding Story

In the spirit of sharing experiences we'd like to introduce Ghana's Home Grown School Feeding Programme​ (GSFP) - what began as a pilot in just 10 schools in 2005 became extremely popular with the Ghanaian public, expanding to now feed over 1.6 million children from 3,000 primary schools with hot nutritious school meals that use food grown by local farmers. The Ghana example, like many other HGSF programmes, has ensured win-win benefits for children and farmers alike - with positive impacts felt to both school attendance and farmer incomes. Although these significant gains were made in Ghana, child malnutrition continued to remain a problem, to combat this PCD are undertaking a nutrition project which is integrated into the GSFP and which assists the Government to enhance the nutrition, learning and well-being of Ghanaian school children.