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Learning Cases on Social Audits and School Feeding

Published by: SNV
Date: 2015

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

By Alimata Abu and Wilhelmina Quaye

With an estimated market size of USD 640,000 annually, the school feeding programme in Ghana’s Sissala East District represents a reliable market for local smallholder farmers. However, SNV’s baseline study revealed that traders, caterers, and farmer organisations in the district lacked information about the food procurement and proposal process, district coordination meetings, and crop requirements. To support greater smallholder farmer inclusion in this market, and to increase community awareness and commitment to the local school feeding program, SNV introduced a social audit pilot through the Procurement Governance for Home Grown School Feeding project. This case study reviews two social audits that SNV conducted in the Sissala East in February 2013 and March 2014. The case examines the successes and challenges of the audits and describes how they can be applied as tools to promote community empowerment and stakeholder accountability.

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The market for our food is right here with us: A Case Study from Kenya on Social Audits for School Feeding

By Leah Njeri and Boaz Munga

In local Kenyan communities, a school meal is often the main meal a child may have throughout the day. Thus, school feeding programmes play an essential role in keeping children from poorer communities in school. While school feeding programmes are a necessity, their success is sometimes hindered by a lack of transparency, or by local community members and parents not having a complete understanding of the school feeding procurement process.

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