‘ONE PUPIL, ONE COCOA DRINK’ – GHANA SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME




August 15, 2019 10:42 am

Government of Ghana is implementing policies that will help instill the habit of cocoa consumption in the populace and will in the long run, create market for cocoa products in the country. One of these policy initiatives is to provide a cup of cocoa drink to all Kindergarten, Primary School pupils in Ghana on every other school-going day that is three (3) times per week preferably Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The main objective of this initiative is to also inculcate the habit of cocoa consumption in basic school pupils in Ghana through the Ghana School Feeding Programme and this will yield economic, health and nutritional benefits for children since they are in their formative years. For government to meet this objective the following sub-objectives have been proposed:

  • Promote school enrolment, attendance and retention.
  • Promote pupils’ academic performance at school
  • Reduce hunger and malnutrition
  • To increase cocoa consumption among Ghanaians thereby increasing the per capita cocoa consumption
  • To contribute to increase cocoa consumption

A stakeholders meeting was held in Accra on 14th August, 2019 to deliberate on the best options of available models to implement this project on critical areas such as packaging models, school selection criteria, waste management, sustainability, caterer models, supervision amongst others.

The meeting sought stakeholders input or review into the modalities for the implementation of the project and stimulated stakeholders’ commitment to the project.

Some details of the project are as follows:

  • Project sponsor is the Ghana Cocoa Board
  • Supervising Ministry is the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
  • Implementing Agency is the Ghana School Feeding Programme
  • Location of pilot project is selected Districts in Cocoa Growing Areas
  • Project commencement date is September 10, 2019
  • Duration of the project is One Academic Year
  • Target Beneficiaries are Public Kindergarten and Primary Schools
  • Target Population is One (1)million pupils in public primary schools

One of the main focus of the project is at selected districts in cocoa growing regions. The serving periods in the selected schools will be before classes begins that is the hours of 07:00 and 08.00 GMT.

The Justification for Time is as follows:

  • Provision of Energy to begin the day
  • Enhance Alertness in class
  • It will motivate/encourage the pupils to report to school on time
  • Food security at the household level
  • Help meet the Recommended Daily Allowance for the pupils

Pupils are mandated to consume product in class/school and deposit package in a designated bin. School authorities are to ensure proper disposal to avoid waste issues and bins will be provided for the disposal of the waste. The Official launch of the project is September 10, 2019.

The Ag. National Coordinator for the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Dr. Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah congratulated government for this laudable initiative saying government has so much passion for cocoa and this will be a source of joy to the farmers since they will witness their children benefit from their labour especially in the cocoa growing areas. She said the Department of School Feeding who are the main implementers will support this project by giving technical knowledge and advice when needed through monitoring and evaluation of the entire exercise. She added that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will forge ahead to ensure that government’s dream comes to pass.

Mr. Benjamin Larweh the Principal Public Affairs Director for COCOBOD who represented the CEO of COCOBOD said they are fully committed in ensuring that this initiative comes to fruition and that the company has set aside some funding for the one year pilot programme even though they feel it may not be adequate to carry out the exercise. He therefore urged stakeholders to bring innovative ideas that will help them acquire additional funds to carry out this laudable initiative. He also pleaded with stakeholders of the project to commit to their agreement to achieve positive results.

Mr. Seth Offei the Programmes Officer- Agriculture for the Ghana School Feeding Programme did a presentation on the cocoa drinks project which enabled stakeholders to have a better understanding of the whole concept.

Participants for the entire project have been drawn from various Ministries, departments and private sectors which includes Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture, Finance, Local Government and Rural Development; Gender, Children and Social Protection amongst others such as Ghana Cocoa Board, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Health Service, University of Ghana Nutrition and Food Science Department and Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Government of Ghana is implementing policies that will help instill the habit of cocoa consumption in the populace and will in the long run, create market for cocoa products in the country. One of these policy initiatives is to provide a cup of cocoa drink to all Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High School pupils in Ghana on every other school-going day that is three (3) times per week preferably Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


The main objective of this initiative is to also inculcate the habit of cocoa consumption in basic school pupils in Ghana through the Ghana School Feeding Programme and this will yield economic, health and nutritional benefits for children since they are in their formative years.


A stakeholders meeting was held in Accra on 14th August, 2019 to deliberate on the best options of available models to implement this project on critical areas such as packaging models, school selection criteria, waste management, sustainability, caterer models, supervision amongst others. The meeting sought stakeholders input or into the modalities for the implementation of the project and stimulated stakeholders’ commitment to the project.


One of the main focus of the project is at selected districts in cocoa growing regions. The serving periods in the selected schools will be before classes begins that is the hours of 07:00 and 08.00 GMT. Pupils are mandated to consume product in class/school and deposit package in a designated bin. School authorities are to ensure proper disposal to avoid waste issues and bins will be provided for the disposal of the waste. The Official launch of the project is September 10, 2019.


The Ag. National Coordinator for the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Dr. Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah has congratulated government for this laudable initiative saying government has so much passion for cocoa and this will be a source of joy to the farmers since they will witness their children benefit from their labour especially in the cocoa growing areas.
She said the Department of School Feeding who are the main implementers will support this project by giving technical knowledge and advice when needed through monitoring and evaluation of the entire exercise. Mrs. Quashigah added that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will forge ahead to ensure that government’s dream comes to pass.


Mr. Benjamin Larweh the Principal Public Affairs Director for COCOBOD who represented the CEO of COCOBOD said they are fully committed in ensuring that this initiative comes to fruition and that the company has set aside some funding for the one year pilot programme even though they feel it may not be adequate to carry out the exercise. He therefore urged stakeholders to bring innovative ideas that will help them acquire additional funds to carry out this laudable initiative. He also pleaded with stakeholders of the project to commit to their agreement to achieve positive results.

Participants for the entire project have been drawn from various Ministries, departments and private sectors which includes Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture, Finance, Local Government and Rural Development; Gender, Children and Social Protection amongst others such as Ghana Cocoa Board, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Health Service, University of Ghana Nutrition and Food Science Department and Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Source: MoGCSP