Caterers under the Ghana school feeding programme (GSFP) in Volta and Oti regions have undertaken an intensive training in modern cooking trends to enhance their capacities and skills in the delivery of quality nutritious food to beneficiary pupils of the programme
The workshop dubbed; Innovative Nutrition Practical Training will impact 2, 321 caterers and head cooks in the two regions by enhancing their talents on the use of alternative sources of protein and local foodstuff including nutritious “Gari Fortor” in the preparation of meals for children.
The training which was being funded by World Food Programme with support from Partnership for Child Development (PCD) would impact new cooking techniques on how to use soy powder; texturized soy protein and other locally produced food stuffs and vegetables by local farmers to prepare new dishes.
Addressing the trainees, the acting National Coordinator of the programme Mrs. Gertrude Quashigah entreated the caterers to take the workshop seriously and implement their newly acquired skills to providing quality nutritious meals to the pupils. She however, warned that non-performing caterers would be changed to pay way for hard working and committed Ghanaians for better services
So far, 9, 317 caterers and cooks in Eight (8) regions out of the estimated 17,726 caterers and cooks in all sixteen (16) regions have been trained. The training also covers health and nutrition, food safety and menu development using the school meal planner software for desk officers, nutrition and SHEP officers. The training will continue in the rest of the 8 regions in 2020.