Home Grown School Feeding to be launched in Botswana

Botswana Case Study

A Botswana Case Study and Transition Report on school feeding were officially launched at a recent meeting which convened Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Peter Letlhogonolo Siele, other representatives from the Ministry, the Permanent Secretary and District Commissioners, alongside representatives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Partnership for Child Development (PCD).

During a meeting held earlier in the day, the value and need for Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) was also demonstrated - evidenced by attendees agreeing to a proposed launch date of an HGSF programme in Botswana this coming April. 

At the reports' meeting, Mr Siele outlined the focus of the reports, on linking agricultural development to school feeding through the purchase of locally produced foods, and requested that all concerned stakeholders should take note of and implement the recommendations outlined as part of efforts to effectively implement sustainable school feeding.

The handing over of the Case Study was a joint collaboration of NEPAD and PCD, and the Transition Study was handed over on behalf of the World Food Programme. Following this ceremony, the Minister thanked NEPAD, PCD and WFP for their valued efforts to ensure that children in Botswana are well fed. 

The meetings also stressed the importance of working in partnership; and that all stakeholders representing Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Education, Finance and Development Planning, Trade and Industry, UN organizations, the private sector, NGOs and the community at large should work together for an effectively implemented school feeding programme.  

Download, The Botswana School Feeding Programme: A Case Study

Read more coverage on the meetings in NEPAD's February Newsletter (Page 5). 

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