Achieving #ZeroHunger in Schools: The School Farms Program’s Approach.

Alfred Godwin Adjabeng

The Author: Alfred Godwin Adjabeng, School Farms Program

School Farms Program is a rural community-based school feeding support program that empowers local community schools to grow their own food whilst creating a space to help students gain practical skills, explore opportunities in Agriculture, reduce the feeding budget of the schools we work with and increase the nutritional value of food served to students.

President Ghana.jpgI am Alfred Godwin Adjabeng, a hunger fighter in Ghanaian schools. Some 18 years ago, I was in the Primary School in an undeserved community in Ghana. The experience I had while growing up inspired the work I do today.

Back in school, I had a friend called Ntumy Raymond who was gifted in the arts and crafts. He does it passionately and creatively. Raymond comes from a poor family and can barely secure his daily meals; lunch at school almost always eluded him.

Raymond aspired to…

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YAP proposal #132: School Farms Programme (Alfred Godwin Adjabeng, Ghana)

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Biography

I am Alfred Godwin Adjabeng from Ho, Ghana. I am a University of Cape Coast trained environmental scientist. I am the Executive Director of the Reach Out to Future Leaders movement and Programme Manager of School Farms Programme.

Project Description

Our School Farms Programme is a rural community-based school feeding support programme that empowers local community schools to grow their own food. At the same, we create space to help students gain practical skills and explore opportunities in agriculture.

Collaborations

School Farms Programme partners with local schools and local institutions (Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana Education Service, Nutrition Office and the traditional leadership) to develop community-driven farms. These ensure a consistent food supply to keep schools open throughout the school year and able to provide nutritious meals and also offer experiential learning and technical training opportunities for young people in these schools.

Objectives

To reduce the feeding budget…

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How to Fight Hunger in Ghanaian Schools

Alfred Godwin Adjabeng

I’m very optimistic about the prospects of funding school meals through harnessing local resources. It requires truthfulness, community cohesion and innovation. Communities hold the power to solve their greatest challenges. -Alfred Adjabeng

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Over the last three years, since 2013, I have developed special interest in school feeding and I have spent these years in engaging communities to find sustainable solutions to the challenge of feeding students in schools. I have read extensively about researches that focus on providing alternative solutions to government-funded school feeding. I also appreciate to an extent some existing school feeding solutions ranging from the World Food Programme’s, Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) to Ghana’s National School Feeding programme. They all hold some prospects and can achieve more, I believe, if built on communities’ capacity and resilience to solve their own challenges with local resources. This to me is key to developing, and implementing any self-sustaining…

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“Why so many Investments, but little Impact” –Lessons from Northern Regions of Ghana

Young People share their views

There has been growing concerns about the dilapidated state of the three Northern regions of Ghana despite the “pour” of many grants, financial assistance and technical know-how to mitigate the socio-economic challenges experienced in these regions. The three Northern regions of Ghana are Upper East, Upper West and Northern Region.

I have a sincere passion for civic engagement and community development but for once frightened by the ongoing debate about the fact that ” the three Northern regions of Ghana would always remain the same irrespective of the socio-economic interventions”.

I took on the challenge and got a post on my Facebook wall that attracted several comments from young people in Ghana. Young people across the length and breadth of the country shared their rich experience.

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