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Aregbesola fights poverty with O’Meals Programme

There were grim statistics for Nigeria from the recently released "State of School Feeding Worldwide Report", compiled by the World Food Programme (WFP).The report, launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York, indicated that only one out of five school children get a healthy school meal in developing countries. The report also presented a gloomy picture of Nigeria's school feeding programme highlighting that less than 500,000 school children get a decent meal in school. In that report, Nigeria and Cameroon shared the ignoble position of coming last.

In 2004, Nigeria began a pilot project of Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFHP) which was part of the Universal Basic Education Programme. It was designed to feed pupils in elementary public schools. But out of the 13 states that participated in the programme, only one state remained committed to the continued implementation and improvement of the project: The state is Osun.

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Review of SHN Activities in Osun State

DSC00228 CustomA review meeting of the 21 day behavioural change programme on hand washing, oral hygeine and healthy nutrition behaviours in Osun state was held on the 29 January 2013.  

The Permanent Secretary on behalf of the commisioner moderated the meeting. The Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Imperial College London did a review of the programme which included: the training of the teachers to implementation, challenges encountered during the programme, and the impact the programme had on school pupils.

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Sourcing from local farmers

HGSF programmes provide an opportunity for smallholder farmers to benefit from access to a market with stable, structured, and predictable demand.


The documents available here are specifically relevant to agricultural and community members of the school feeding process.

Community:  Farmers, school children and teachers

Local community members are the keystone of home grown school feeding programmes. 

From smallholder farmers to cooks and caterers to teachers and school-children, they comprise all elements of the school feeding supply chain and are integral to programme design and implementation.

The school feeding supply chain

Home grown school feeding can create jobs and profits not only for smallholder farmers, but also for a wide range of stakeholders involved in getting the food from the field to the classroom.


The school feeding supply chain includes those involved in the transportation, processing, and preparation of food.

Researchers and Practitioners

A growing body of research around HGSF is helping inform the design and implementation of national programmes.

This evidence base being generated by researchers and translated by practitioners continues to strengthen HGSF knowledge and operations.

School health and nutrition

Healthy, well-fed children learn better. HGSF programmes which integrate school health and nutrition interventions can improve educational achievement.


The resources available here relate to the potential educational and nutritional benefits of HGSF programmes.

Donors and Policy makers

Resources available here are specifically relevant to policy makers and donors and address the sustainability and multisectoral dimensions of HGSF programmes.

Operational support information is also available that can help inform decision making.