PhD defence

Under the lens of embeddedness: A socio-cultural perspective on home-grown school feeding in Ghana

PhD candidate N (Nashiru) Sulemana
Promotor JSC (Han) Wiskerke
Co-promotor Paul dr. PGM (Paul) Hebinck
Co-promotor prof. dr. D. Millar
Organisation Wageningen University, Rural Sociology

Thu 2 June 2016 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Aula, gebouwnummer 362


The thesis shows how socio-cultural relationships in the activities and experiences of school level governance actors, school food caterers, local food traders, and smallholders, enabled as well as constrained local food procurement efforts under the Ghana school feeding programme. Smallholders relate with input and output markets in flexible ways that allow them to control their engagements with the market, thus reinforcing their autonomy. School level governance actors focus more on actual feeding of school children rather than the local procurement aspects of the programme. Procurement practices of school food caterers is least cost oriented which does not resonate with the objective of providing market for local farmers. Local food traders provide market for the surplus farm produce of smallholders at their doorstep through socio-cultural relationships with the smallholders. These socio-cultural relationships mediate negotiations among school food actors to produce little or no connection between school feeding and smallholders.