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After visit to Brazil, Kenya finalizes school meals strategy

Aug 26, 2016 6:11 PM

Photo: WFP/Daniel Melo

The government of Kenya and the WFP Country Office organized a workshop in the city of Nakuru to discuss and finalize the country’s National School Meals and Nutrition Strategy. The final document will be submitted to the Kenyan Ministry of Education and, once approved, Kenya will have for the first time a strategy to guide all school feeding initiatives in the country.

An expert from the WFP Centre of Excellence and representatives from the Kenyan ministries of Education, Health, and Agriculture and from WFP, FAO and Feed the Children attended the workshop and contributed to the elaboration of the strategy. The director of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Habt S. Abdi, told that he participated in the study visit to Brazil that a Kenyan governmental delegation did in May. He highlighted the Brazilian initiatives in school feeding, social protection and Zero Hunger and made a commitment to make sure that Kenya will be able to serve at least one meal for every student enrolled in pre-primary and primary schools.

The development of the National School Meals and Nutrition Strategy has been characterized by extensive stakeholder consultations and analytical work by a multi-sectoral team, with technical support from the WFP Centre of Excellence. It provides a common ground for the design and implementation of school meals in Kenya and recommends a three-pillar approach for school meals:

•regular provision of meals every school day along the school year
•acknowledgement of nutrition and nutrition education as core components of school meals
•link smallholder farmers with school meals demand by procuring directly from these suppliers to the extent possible.

The adoption of the home-grown school meals approach is the main innovation of the strategy and is the direct result of the technical support provided by the WFP Centre of Excellence, including the study visit to Brazil in May. During a field trip to Paraíba, one of the poorest states in Brazil, they could witness the impact of this approach both in child nutrition and in the smallholder farmers income generation.

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