Ground-breaking school feeding analysis launched to help countries implement sustainable programmes

Sourcebook frontcoverWASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, has been released by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank(WB).

The Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 countries was produced in response to demand from governments and development partners for guidance on designing and implementing large-scale sustainable national school feeding programmes that can meet globally approved standards.

The Sourcebook documents and analyzes a range of government-led school meals programmes to provide decision-makers and practitioners worldwide with the knowledge, evidence and good practice they need to strengthen their national school feeding efforts.

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Ethiopia's national school feeding to provide meals for all schools

web cropEthiopia is to implement national school feeding programme at all schools as part of the newly developed National School Health Nutrition Strategy. The Ethiopian Herald's  Desta Gebrehiwot attended the opening ceremony of a two-day consultative workshop on 'Systematic Approach for Better Education'.

The new national school feeding programme which is integrated with the national education system will be applicable to all schools either private or public in towns or rural areas. The new design builds on the previous school feeding programme has been targeting schools where students are vulnerable to malnutrition and food shortage. 



"School feeding will maximize the cognitive potential of students.  PCD is committed to work with the Ministry of Education to develop practical national strategy in this regard." 

Dr Laura Appleby, Partnership for Child Development

The feeding scheme will primarily be applied in primary schools as a pilot project and will consequently be cascaded to other levels. The SABER consultative workshop will help identify capacity gaps and design strategies for school feeding programme .

The programme is apart of the ongoing global efforts to achieve education for all and school safety net programme.

The government has developed the programme to ensure transition from donor funded programme to national ownership and expand the current coverage to more schools, said Eshetu Assefaw, Action Planning Resource Mobilization Director with the Ministry of Education.

According to the strategy, the feeding programme will be implemented by national capacity from financing up to supplying food. In addition to school feeding , the strategy also targets on the provision of healthy conducive and friendly school environment. "The feeding scheme will help create healthier and efficient generation and ensure quality and better education system," added Eshetu.

The programme is developed in line with the country's Second Growth and Transformation Plan that is geared towards ensuring food security and ending abject poverty, he added.

School Feeding programmes have been implemented in many countries and can be critically important means by which governments are able to combat food shortages and malnutrition. It is also a systematic approach to minimize school dropout, said Bachir Sarr, Partnership for Children Development(PCD) Senior Policy Analyst.

It is good that the government looks to own the school feeding programme and social safety net and helps vulnerable community. Effective school feeding programme requires strong coordination among education, health and agriculture sectors. At starting point and needs more scale up , helping Ethiopia find the necessary support and provide various assistance.

"PCD has been undertaking a number of various activities in Ethiopia particularly in 30 schools located at SNNPR State. We have been providing daily school feeding services, sanitation facilities and health educational facilities and others. And we have seen an increase in student enrolment and decrease in infections diseases.

School feeding scheme supports children going to schools to be nurtured and have good physiological and psychological make up," noted Laura Appleby (PhD) Partnership for Child Development Neglected Tropical Disease Programme Manager.

Laura said the government of Ethiopia and other partners are now committed to schools in drought areas in terms humanitarian aid. Poor nutrition leads to poor cognition ability. Hence, school feeding will maximize the cognitive potentials of students.

"It does take huge resource and proper policy to implement national school feeding scheme. PCD is committed to work with the Ministry of Education to develop practical national strategy in this regard," added Laura.

The National School Health Nutrition Strategy would be officially launched today.

Written by Desta Gebrehiwot, this article appeared in the Ethiopian Herald 8th March


School health and school feeding experts convene at African Union for Round Table

Ethiopia DCP3 Meeting delegates webcropLeading school health and school feeding experts convened at the African Union in Addis Ababa on the 7th and 8th March to discuss child and adolescent health and document the role of school feeding and school health, in tackling food security and breaking intergenerational poverty.  
Findings from this meeting will be published in a volume on Child and Adolescent Development in the third Edition of Disease Control Priorities due out later this year. Published once a decade, Disease Control Priorities is the pre-eminent publication in the field of public health and brings together evidence to evaluates the most pressing conditions and diseases contributing to the global burden of disease and most effective treatment programmes for them.
Convened by the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) the round table included representation from national and state governments including  Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Kenya;  United Nations agencies (WFP,  FAO and UNICEF); The World Bank, Civil society organisations and academic institutions.  
Dr Lesley Drake, Executive Director of the Partnership for Child Development  ‘ The evidence from governments and partners is that school feeding is a child focused investment that can make a real difference in breaking the cycle of poverty by bringing children into school. This is especially true when it is integrated with other school health focused interventions such as deworming, hygiene and sanitation. “
The meeting will produce a number of background papers and case studies demonstrating how these school feeding and school health programmes have been strengthened and scaled-up sustainably as well as providing a model for how school health programs can be brought to scale in other developing countries.
The Round table is part of a busy week for school health and nutrition stakeholders in Addis Ababa with the launch by Dr. Tilaye Gete,  Minister for General Education, of Ethiopia's 5year school health and nutrition strategy and the hosting of a two day Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) workshop. The SABER exercise brought together representatives from the Ministries of Education and Health in Ethiopia identify ways to strengthen the countries school health and nutrition policies and programmes. 

Madagascar start school feeding programme

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PCD's Elodie Yard and Irish Ramahazosoa Parker
Director of Basic Education inspect school
handwashing facilities.

The Government of Madagascar has started the rollout out a Home Grown School Feeding programme to provide free school meals using food procured from local smallholder farmers.

The programme is being implemented in 60 schools selected from the towns of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana.

Irish Ramahazosoa Parker, Director of Basic Education with the Ministry of Education, said, “Buying the food locally significantly reduces the cost of providing free school meals by reducing handling, packaging and transport costs.”

“The programme is part of a national school feeding policy, initiated by the Ministry of Education, that is seeking to identify a sustainable and lasting solution to food shortages in the southern regions of the country. Home Grown School Feeding programmes provide multiple returns because on the one hand they boost the local agricultural economy by providing a stable market and on the other hand the schools are able to benefit from a regular supply of inexpensive and nutritious locally-grown food.“

Mr Parker was speaking at a charity telethon in Androsy organized by the Ministry of Education to aid school children and victims of famine in the Androy region. During the event, over 13 million Ar ($US 4066), 13½ tonnes of rice, 500kg of sugar, 720 cans of condensed milk and 250 tonnes of corn were collected for 120 schools from across the region.

Technical support for a feasibility study of the school feeding programme is being provided by the Partnership for Child Development based at Imperial College London.


The Food of Tomorrow Event

25 February 2016, 5-8pm. 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 free event at Imperial College London. This evening event is a fun way to learn about the cutting-edge technology and thinking that is shaping the way the World is feeding itself. 

At this event will be a team from the Partnership for Child Development who will be will be taking people on a journey 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

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