WFP And Canada Launch Cash Transfers Pilot For School Meals Programmes In Kenya

Kenyan school children receiving lunch

The World Food Programme (WFP), in conjunction with the Government of Kenya and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), today officially launched a cash transfer pilot for school meals in Kenya's arid regions; the first time this initiative has been taken in Kenya.

The Canadian government has provided CA$10 million (around US$9.6 million) to support feeding programmes in Kenyan schools. Part of this contribution will go towards cash transfers to enable schools to buy food from local traders or smallholder farmers, stimulating agricultural production in arid areas.

"Canada is proud to contribute to an innovative approach to school meals that also promotes community economic growth and local ownership," said Canada's Minister of International Development Christian Paradis. "Working with the World Food Programme, we will help children enrol and stay in school and build a brighter future."

The government-funded programme, which began in 2009, supports more than 750,000 children in 1,700 schools in semi-arid areas while WFP supports a further 600,500 children in 1,500 schools in arid areas and in slums in Nairobi.

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