The Government of Kenya is demonstrating leadership in the field of Home Grown School Feeding and has developed two different HGSF models namely Njaa Marufuku Kenya – MoA lead NMK (“Eradication Hunger in Kenya”) and Home Grown School Meals MoE lead– (HGSM). Past experience shows that the key to success, scale up and sustainability of school health and nutrition programmes has been the development of a multisectoral understanding, especially between education and health.
Given the clear opportunity for collaboration and the engagement from all key partners in Kenya,The HGSF technical development plan in Kenya was developed by engaging different stakeholders working across the traditional disciplines of agriculture, education, health and nutrition.
The assessment and planning process followed the set of standards developed in Rethinking School Feeding to examine school feeding programmes, namely: design and implementation, policy frameworks, institutional capacity and co-ordination, financial capacity, and community participation.
A stakeholder mapping exercise was undertaken to provide a clearer understanding of the key stakeholders, their policy position influence with regards to the Kenya HGSF programmes and “enabling environment” dimensions.
This paper has been developed by key partners in Kenya, the Government of Kenya (led by the Ministry of Education's Schools Health and Meals Unit, and the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with key ministries including the Ministry of Nothern Kenya and other Arid Lands, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and Ministry of Water and Irrigation).
Partners in these activities include the Parternship for Child Development, Imperial College London, World Bank, WFP, The Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) among others.