Ghana: Girls Reach Their Full Potential with Take-Home Rations

In 2000, Simona began receiving take-home rations from WFP while attending primary and junior high school in northern Ghana. Like other girls, she was encouraged to attend school regularly in order to qualify for the food package distributed at the end of the month. Today, she is a skilled midwife who attributes her success to the take-home ration programme and the related girls’ education scholarship programme, both of which motivated her to work hard in secondary school and at midwifery college.


Although Ghana attained middle income status in 2010 following the discovery of oil, it still ranks 138th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development Report, and is classified as a low-income, food-deficit country. Northern regions display many of the same agro-ecological characteristics as countries in the Sahel, including poor soil quality, a single and increasingly erratic rainy season, and recurrent floods and droughts.