COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL FEEDING WILL ENHANCE ITS VALUE – HON. GIFTY-TWUM AMPOFO
October 29, 2018 5:27 pm
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Hon. Gifty-Twum Ampofo, has stated that the benefit of the recent assessment conducted on the cost benefit analysis of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), will enhance the appreciation of the investments into the programme.
Hon. Gifty-Twum Ampofo made the remark at a one-day meeting held by the MoGCSP’s Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat to share and discuss findings of the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of the programme. The meeting was also designed to brief stakeholders of the School Feeding Programme and solicit their input, support and cooperation.
The research was conducted by the World Food Programme and MasterCard Foundation.
The CBA results revealed that by investing US$ 356 (GHC1,658) in feeding one pupil over 8 years (pre-primary and primary schooling years), a total benefit of US$ 1,173 (GHC5,463) can be generated. In view of this, the CBA demonstrates a clear quantifiable benefit from investing into the Ghana school feeding programme. This was made known during the presentation of the CBA by Federica Corona and Alexander Dunaev, both employees of MasterCard temporary assigned to Ghana’s World Food Programme Country Office to conduct the Cost Benefit Analysis of GSFP.
Hon. Gifty-Twum assured that the Government of His Excellency President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo considers children’s nutrition, health and education as well as local economic development, social protection and women’s empowerment very key priorities just as international experience suggests.
“International experiences suggest that school feeding programmes offer a lot beyond just increasing school enrollment. These are by way of improved child nutrition, poverty reduction, employment and market creation, local economic and technological development, public-private partnerships and gender equality. I can assure that you the Nana Addo Government put key priorities on children’s nutrition, health and education as well as local economic development, social protection and women’s empowerment” she said.
Laying the background of the CBA, Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah, the National Coordinator for GSFP said that as part of efforts to strengthen the implementation and outcomes of the GSFP in 2018, the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and World Food Programme in collaboration with MasterCard Foundation decided to roll out a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and National Cost Assessment (NCA) of the programme. This, according to him was meant at supporting Government in the up-scaling of programmes.
“This analysis/assessment has been proven in other countries cases to reduce cost thereby sustaining the programmes. The GSFP anticipates that, the benefits of this assessment will enhance the appreciation of the investments into the programme and also apply appropriate time frames to the release of the feeding grant,” he stated.
According to the MasterCard Foundation representatives, some of the lapses they found out concerning the GSFP includes; poor data management and records keeping poor storage capacity, drinking water not provided and many more.
In response to the challenges and recommendations, Hon. Gifty-Twum Ampofo appealed that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with development partners, will work tirelessly to improve on the challenges and processes of the Ghana School Feeding Programme.