PCD present on Home Grown School Feeding at CAADP’s Nutrition Capacity Workshop

Food in hand

Almost 200 participants including country and regional level development and food security networks, and delegates from Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Education, Finance, Civil Society and the Private Sector representing 14 countries from the South Africa Development Community (SADC) region were recently brought together for the regional Nutrition Capacity Development Workshop organized by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Partnership (CAADP).

The workshop, held in Gaborone, Botswana from 9 – 13 September was themed, "Building Capacity to Mainstream Nutrition in National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in Africa" and explored how best to coordinate efforts to effectively deliver agricultural led nutrition services where they are most needed in order to tackle malnutrition.

Partnership for Child Development presents HGSF

On the second day of the workshop the Partnership for Child Development’s Executive Director, Lesley Drake presented Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) as one strategy to combat malnutrition through the procurement of locally sourced food from smallholder farmers for school meals.

Dr. Drake spoke within the country contexts of Botswana and Mozambique, outlining the benefits of HGSF in these SADC countries; which have effectively linked smallholder farmers to markets, at the same time as improving child nutrition. The presentation also focused on how countries can effectively transition to school feeding.

Dr. Drake was also selected among development partners to speak at the workshop's closing ceremony, where she continued to emphasise that without ensuring nutrition the sufficient gains we expect from the development sector cannot be made. 

Throughout the meeting discussions and brainstorming ensued on how to move the nutrition and agriculture agenda forward, and several countries shared their experiences on different aspects of nutrition and agriculture programmes.

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