|"Locally produced schoolfeeding program in Ghana is a shining example" |
News item posted on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of the SIGN conference on the 27th of October
|National stakeholder scoping workshop in Accra|
This workshop was held on the 5th of October to kick start the process of policy development for the GSFP. Government, civil society and key development partners were present.
|GCNF/PCD holds annual conference in Ghana|
|SVVO, convention on the Ghana School Feeding Program|
On June 29th, The Study Group Food Security in Developing Countries (SVVO) of the Wageningen University, organised a meeting concerning SIGN, the Dutch contribution to the GSFP. The meeting consisted of three presentations by Rutger Schilpzand partners of Schuttelaar & Partners and one of the initiators of SIGN, Daniel Mumuni Deputy Coordinator of SIGN and Tineke Martens, policy officer at the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality (LNV). Presentations were followed by a plenary discussion. Read more...
|Funding support for NewEnergy proposal|
The CSO platform in Tamale organised an energy workshop in May 2009 with the support of SIGN platform member Paul Wessels. The workshop was aimed at discussing the inadequacy of kitchen facilities and the lack of access to clean energy and improved efficient cook stoves for the GSFP kitchen. One of the outcomes of the workshop was a decision to request NewEnergy to lead a process to investigate and recommend sustainable solutions to the GSFP kitchen inadequacy. A technical team was formed to lead this process. The team conducted various activities including a Kitchen Performance Test of three commonly used cookstoves, to determine the relative fuel consumptions, time to cook, and obtain user feedback on key performance parameters and user preferences. They also Collaborated with CSIR-Institute of Industrial Research, to develop, adapt and field-test a stationery mud/brick stove.
Based on the outcome of this exercise, NewEnergy is seeking funding to pilot a project aimed at rolling out of improved efficient cookstoves that will contribute significantly to reducing the rate of deforestation and promote the health of the kitchen staff. The project will also aim at making the school feeding cooking enterprise more profitable for the matrons, and serve as an entry point for large scale dissemination of improved cook stoves in the community as a whole to maximise the health and environmental benefits. The requested budget is approximately 32,000 Euros. For possible contribution, please contact the SIGN secretariat .
|DSM extends strategic partnership with World Food Programme|
SIGN platform member, Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has announced a three year extension of its global partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, fighting hunger worldwide. The aim of the partnership is to fight the debilitating effects of hunger in the developing world.
DSM and WFP have trialled and tested new products and programmes to tackle hunger related malnutrition, developed a more sophisticated understanding of the problem, and have been very active in building awareness of the problem and available solutions. DSM also worked very closely with WFP during the design of its Nutrition Improvement Approach, which shifted its strategic focus from food security (providing enough calories) to including nutrition security (providing nutrient-rich food).
|Local farmers in Africa to benefit from school meal programmes|
A new project that aims to both help local farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and to provide healthy school meals for local children launches today. The project, run by the Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, is supported in part by a $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. read more