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Nigeria’s School Feeding is Coming Home

In 2004, with the backing of the African Union and World Food Programme, Nigeria was part of the first wave of countries to implement a new and innovative Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme pilot.

Employing the legislation of the Universal Basic Education Act the Federal Government rolled out a pilot scheme in 13 of the country states to implement school feeding programmes which supported agricultural development by procuring and using locally grown food. Jump forward 10 years and only two states, Osun and Kano, are still feeding their school children.

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Zanzibar Prepare for Home Grown School Feeding

The Government of Zanzibar are preparing for its first Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme which is soon to be launched to reach over 5000 children from 10 schools in regions which experience high levels of poverty and malnutrition. 

The first stages of a community sensitization exercise took place in the islands' Unguja and Pemba regions to nine communities. During the sensitization, teams made up of district and national education, health and agriculture ministry officers and the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Imperial College London introduced the HGSF programme, provided an overview of the involvement of all programme stakeholders and outlined expectations from the community. 

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Addressing Micronutrient Deficiency in Ghanaian Children

60 stakeholders from Ghana’s Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme from national, regional, district and school levels across three regions of Ghana were recently trained on implementing a micronutrient intervention of the programme through the use of Micronutrient Powders (MNPs) to combat micronutrient deficiencies found in school-aged children in the intervention areas. 

The training, carried out by Ghana’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), taught participants how to correctly apply MNPs and outlined how to store the powders. The sessions which followed a “training of trainer’s” approach will see participants organise step down trainings for caterers and cooks in their consecutive districts so lessons learnt are widely disseminated.

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WFP Welcomes Japan's Contribution To HGSF In Mozambique

The Government of Japan has confirmed a contribution of US$400,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique. The funds will be used to strengthen WFP's local procurement and enable the establishment of a HGSF programme in the country.

Japan's contribution will help smallholder farmers increase productivity, produce better-quality crops and limit vulnerability to post-harvest losses as well as boosting the capacity of local education authorities.

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HGSF in the Caribbean

St Kitts and Nevis map Addressing the health of the Federation’s children while ensuring food security is one objective of the Farm to Fork Programme which is currently being piloted in four primary schools in the Carribean's St. Kitts and Nevis.

Children of the Beach-Allen, Edgar T. Morris, St. Paul’s and Saddlers Primary Schools who are in the Schools Meals Feeding Programme have been participating in the Farm to Fork Programme which addresses the issue of food security on several levels.  This involves a partnership between the Ministries of Agriculture, Education and Health. 

As such, there were upgrades of food service equipment at the School Meals kitchen, along with staff training, a menu modification to the meals provided at the mentioned schools, and increased physical activity for children taking part in the programme.  Fifteen farmers were identified to provide produce for the programme.

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Sourcing from local farmers

HGSF programmes provide an opportunity for smallholder farmers to benefit from access to a market with stable, structured, and predictable demand.

The documents available here are specifically relevant to agricultural and community members of the school feeding process.

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Community: Farmers, school children and teachers

Local community members are the keystone of home grown school feeding programmes. 

From smallholder farmers to cooks and caterers to teachers and school-children, they comprise all elements of the school feeding supply chain and are integral to programme design and implementation.

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The school feeding supply chain

HGSF can create jobs and profits not only for smallholder farmers, but also for a wide range of stakeholders involved in getting the food from the field to the classroom.

The school feeding supply chain includes those involved in the transportation, processing, and preparation of food.

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Researchers and Practitioners

The growing body of research around HGSF is helping inform the design and implementation of national programmes.

The evidence base being generated by researchers and translated by practitioners continues to strengthen HGSF knowledge and operations.

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School health and nutrition

Healthy, well-fed children learn better. HGSF programmes which integrate school health and nutrition interventions can improve educational achievement.

The resources available here relate to the potential educational and nutritional benefits of HGSF programmes.

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Donors and Policy makers

Resources available here are specifically relevant to policy makers and donors and address the sustainability and multisectoral dimensions of HGSF programmes.

Operational support information is also available that can help inform decision making.

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