A REPORT ON THE BASELINE STUDY AND SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYSIS OF THE HOME GROWN SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM (HGSFP) IN THE NADOWLI KALEO DISTRICT
The Procurement Governance for Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) program is a four-year initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation through SNV-Netherlands Development Organization that is aimed at securing smallholder farmer participation in Home Grown School Feeding programs in Mali, Kenya, and Ghana. The project is designed and estimated to enable as many as 10,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, at least 30% being women within a period of four years, to derive increased and stable income through effective participation in a Home Grown School Feeding program that uses open, transparent, accountable procurement practices in its implementation, affecting all stakeholders along the supply chain. The project is aimed at piloting new interventions to strengthen farmer-caterer linkages through an improved procurement process, and enhanced supply chain that guarantees social accountability in the HGSFP through effective and participatory mechanisms.
In order to achieve the above objectives it was paramount to establish the existing situation on the ground for retooling, effective targeting and management through a baseline and supply chain analysis with information from the key actors of the GSFP supply chain to inform the project implementation and to subsequently measure the progress made at the end.
Data collection tools were therefore designed by SNV to elicit both quantitative and qualitative information from the key actors; Caterers, Traders, Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs), MoFA and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Financial Institutions (FI) and Key Informants who were purposively sampled in view of their roles in the GSFP. A four member MoFA team who are very familiar with the district were recruited as Research Assistants to collect data from all the actors.