Imperial Fringe Event on Food and Nutrition London 25th Feb

25 February 2016, 5pm-8pm. Imperial College London, UK

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The future of food and how we will feed the next generation is the theme for an exciting Fringe event at Imperial College London. This evenign event is a fun way to learn about the cutting-edge technology and thinking that is shaping the way the world feed's itself. 

Joining the other Imperial College researchers at this event will be a team from Partnership for Child Development who will be will be taking people on a journey people along the supply chain of Home Grown School Feeding from field to classroom. Explaining how and why a simple locally sourced meal is revolutionising the worlds of education, agriculture and commerce across Africa. 

Register your place in advance via Eventbrite (external link) to enter your name into the hat to win a tasty prize

Alongside HGSF the Food of tomorrow fringe offers opportunities to:

  • Get your green fingers dirty and learn how scientists within the Institute of Chemical Biology CDT and AGRI-net are hoping to bring new life to infertile soils
  • Meet the crop killers that threaten our basic food staples and the plant pathologists trying to understand how to block their attacks
  • Find out if you can tell the difference between full and reduced fat cheese and how mechanics contributes to the pleasure whilst eating your favourite snacks with our Soft Solids engineering team
  • Guess the weight of bacteria in your gut before meeting the family of micro-organisms living in all of us that influence our eating habits 
  • Test out a new app from the Hamlyn Centre which aims to scan and recognise your favourite food in order to help us keep track of our daily food intake
  • Find out how much farmland we need for each calorie in our diet, and how many people the world could support if everyone ate like you, with the Grantham Institute

1.8 million school children fed on first day of Kaduna State School Feeding Programme

Kaduna Executive Governor  Mallam El Ruifai joined children for their first school meal of the programme. 

Kaduna State in Nigeria has just annouced the successful launch of its state-wide Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme. The government-led programme will provide one meal per day to 1.8 million pupils in the State's public primary schools. 

In line with the National School Feeding Programme, being championed by Professor Yemi Osinbajo,  Nigeria's Vice Presidentthe Kaduna HGSF programme is designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals for schoolchildren, create catering jobs and provide a boost to local agricultural producers as well as expose Kaduna State to new skills and hygiene standards.  

Through this programme over 17,000 catering vendors have been trained and employed and the food used in programme will be procured from local smallholder farmers. To ensure hygiene and nutritional standards are maintained a call centre has be created to monitor the success of the programme. 

To mark the launch His Excellency Governor of Kaduna State, joined the pupils at the school for break time lunch together with the commissioner and the team from the office of the Vice President.

Speaking at the launch,  Abimbola Adesanmi,  from Partnership for Child Development who are providing technical assistance to the programme said, 

"The postive impacts of Kaduna’s new school feeding programme are significant not only to the children whose health and education outcomes we would expect to improve but also the wider community who will benefit from more employment opportunities, increased agricultural investment and exposure to new  skills and hygiene standards."

"We look forward to providing  technical support to other states who are looking to follow  Kaduna’s lead and invest in their own HGSF programme."

The Kaduna School Feeding Menu

MONDAY -Yam/Sweet potato+ egg sauce

TUESDAY -Rice+beans+orange

WEDNESDAY- Beans porridge/vegetable+fish

THURSDAY -Moi moi +garnished with vegetable

FRIDAY- High Energy/Ordinary biscuit yoghurt/juice/milk

 Find out more about HGSF in Nigeria


Imperial College to the support scale-up of Nigeria’s new national school feeding programme

Nigeria School Feeding Programme aims to be the largest in Africa

Lesley Abuja meeting Nigeria cropImperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development has signed an agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria to support the development of the country’s national school feeding programme. The programme aims to provide a free school meal every school day to 24 million primary school children, making it the largest national school feeding programme in Africa. 

PCD’s Executive Director, Dr Lesley Drake, who met with Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to sign a formal memorandum of understanding, said,

“The Nigerian School Meals Programme is very important. With 1 in 4 of school-aged children in Africa being Nigerian, this programme has the potential to have a profound positive impact on the health, education and financial security of millions of families.”

She continued. “We are honoured to be invited by the Government of Nigeria to provide our expertise to help in the scale up of this ambitious and innovative national initiative.”

PCD will be working closely with the Vice President’s office and state representatives to provide technical assistance to state governments to help design sustainable school feeding programmes which procure their food from local smallholder farmers.

Known as Home Grown School Feeding, these school feeding programmes provide a ‘win-win’ both to children and the local agricultural economy alike, with children enjoying the health and educational benefits that a nutritionally balanced school meal brings and the local economy enjoying the increased levels of income and investment that the school market provides.

The agreement follows a recent announcement of a N500billion (£1.7billion) budget allocation to fund social investments such as school feeding, conditional cash transfers for vulnerable groups and youth employment schemes.

The national school feeding programme builds on the success of the support PCD has been providing since 2013 to the Nigeria’s Osun State Government’s Home Grown School Meals Programme. Known locally as O’meals, the programme provides free school meals to the State’s 250,000 primary school children using food procured from local smallholder farmers.

PCD’s expertise in the field of school feeding is built on its track record in successfully supporting governments including those from Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and Madagascar to develop school feeding programmes.

The roll out of the programme in January 2016 will initially target one state from each of the country’s 6 geopolitical regions before expanding out to other interested states.

To find out more about this programme contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it l, Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London. 

Find out more about school feeding in Nigeria


SABER - Supporting the transition to sustainable school feeding programmes in Mauritania, Ethiopia and Haiti

Participants at Ethiopia's SABER workshop<br /> August 2015 For governments seeking to transition from donor assisted school feeding projects to nationally-owned programmes the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) is a vital analytical tool to help them identify policy gaps and develop effective action plans.

To enable countries to make the most of this tool Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development, the UN’s World Food Programme and the World Bank have joined forces to conduct a series of national SABER workshops designed to analyse countries’ school health and school feeding policies and programmes.

SABER is designed to give participants a detailed, objective, up-to-date, easy-to-understand snapshot of how well their country's education system is oriented toward delivering learning, based on measures that can be easily compared across education systems around the world.

To aid this process the workshops follow a participatory approach to bring together policy makers and major stakeholders to exchange experiences and share information. To-date over 20 workshops have been conducted with the latest Mauritania opening on 13th October.

In August 2015 SABER workshops were held in Ethiopia and Haiti. The workshops have shown that the majority of countries have little or no policies based around any of the internationally agreed five standards of good practice deemed necessary for effective school feeding programmes (Policy

Frameworks; Financial Capacity; Institutional Capacity and Coordination; Design and Implementation and Community Engagement).

As a result support has centred on facilitating the workshops to draft action plans and where necessary create taskforces to put into place the policies needed to develop and sustain effective national school feeding programmes.

The next countries to benefit from these workshops will be Ghana and Cameroon in November and December respectively.

To find out more about SABER click here.



Kofi Annan calls on Ghana to increase OSFP use to tackle child malnutrition

Kofi and Nane Annan with PCD speaking to OSFP specialist in Ghana

For organisations and governments looking to strengthen the linkages between agriculture and nutrition Orange-fleshed sweet-potatoes (OSFP), with their high levels of micronutrients, fibre and energy, represent a valuable but underutilized crop which can improve nutritional intake and financial return. As such PCD have been working with school feeding and agriculture stakeholders to promote the adoption and utilization of the OSFP by farmers and schools alike.

To highlight and identify the potential impact of increased OSFP production and consumption the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan, recently traveled to Tamale in Northern Ghana to meet with OSFP farmers, scientists, government and development stakeholders including the International Potato Centre (CIP), Savannah Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR – SARI), the Ghana School Feeding Programme and the Partnership for Child Development, amongst others.

Read more: Kofi Annan calls on Ghana to increase OSFP use to tackle child malnutrition


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