Hungry to Learn

HGSF Policy Paper

An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children's education at the same time

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

Common responses to this question would probably include things like no school fees, well-trained teachers and high-quality textbooks. Others would likely argue the need to combat discrimination faced by certain marginalised groups (e.g. girls, orphans and children with disabilities) both inside and outside of the classroom. Indeed, all of these are essential for building strong education systems and ensuring that every child enjoys their right to education.

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Gambia: Multi-Sectoral Working Committee Launched in Lower River Region

The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Banjul Office of World Food Programme of the United Nations on Tuesday launched a Multi-sectoral Working Committee for the home-grown school-feeding programme in The Gambia, at a gathering held at the conference hall of the Region 4 (Four) Education Directorate in Mansakonko, in Jarra West District of the Lower River Region.

The main task of the committee that comprised officers and personnel from different government departments and institutions, will henceforth share the implementation of the school-feeding project in the Lower River Region (LRR).

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PCD Promotes Food Safety, Health and Hygiene in Ghana

The Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Imperial College London an academic based organisation working in the area of School Health and Nutrition is providing technical support to Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).

Among its support a nationwide training for regional and district stakeholders on food safety, health and hygiene was recently provided to school caterers involved in the preparation of the programme.

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P4P Supporting Farmers' Cooperatives for Sustainable Growth

Farmer Cooperatives meet in Kilifi Kenya

The 20th International Day of Cooperatives was celebrated on 5 July, 2014, emphasizing the important role which cooperatives play in sustainable development. Cooperatives are powerful tools which can be utilized by smallholder farmers to participate in formal markets.

Because of their ability to organize farmers, P4P has used farmers’ organizations as an entry point, supporting smallholders to better access financial services, agricultural inputs, and equipment, and aggregate and market crops. According to FAO, one of the key organizers behind the International Day of Co-operatives: “cooperatives and producer organizations can play a key role in rural development and building a food secure world for all.” 

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'WFP Imports Over 2,301 Tonnes of Rice for Gambian Pupils'

The country director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in The Gambia has disclosed that annually, the global organisation imports an average of 2,301.44 metric tonnes of rice for approximately 100,000 Gambian school children. Victoria Ginja made the disclosure on Thursday at a local hotel in Cape Point, Bakau while addressing the opening session of a validation workshop on the feasibility study on local procurement documents.
She said based on this data, it is apparent that production and productivity levels of farmers must be greatly improved in order to get the right quantities of the commodities that WFP imports into the country annually for school feeding.

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