Turning Challenges into Change: How Social Audits are Improving School Feeding in Sissala East

This report covers the findings of a 2012 baseline survey by SNV in Sissala East District, Ghana. The baseline used social audits, community scorecards and community dialogues to collect data.

The research found that traders, caterers, and farmer organisations lacked information about proposal requests for school feeding programmes. They were also not invited to district coordination meetings where this topic was discussed. The crops produced by local farmers were often overlooked by caterers, who had entrenched perceptions that the farmers lacked the capacity to produce and sell products that met their requirements. Parents and teachers were not aware of their own roles in the school feeding planning process, nor in their power to support providing nutritious and cost-effective meals to their local school systems.