African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 829

Full Length Research Paper

Nutritional quality of meals served under the Ghana school feeding programme at the Upper West and Central Region of Ghana

Kate Bigson1*, Edward Ken Essuman2, Vida Gyimah Boadu3 and Gifty Serwaa Otoo4
1Department of Catering, Hotel and Institutional Management, Wa Polytechnic, Wa, Ghana. 2Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. 3Department of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Faculty of Vocational Education (FVE), University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. 4Department of Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Received: 24 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 08 April 2019
  •  Published: 30 April 2019


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