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FG Set To Launch Home-Grown School Feeding Programme

Nigeria’s first national Home Grown School Feeding programme which would affect about 5.5m Nigerians in the first year of its operation would be rolling out … Continue reading FG Set To Launch Home-Grown School Feeding Programme


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School-feedingNigeria’s first national Home Grown School Feeding programme which would affect about 5.5m Nigerians in the first year of its operation would be rolling out soon in several states, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Wednesday.

The programme will be preceded by a Stakeholders Forum holding in Aso Rock on Thursday to be addressed by the Vice President.

A statement by the Professor Osinbajo said that administration was at the final rounds of preparation for the commencement of the free school feeding programme for primary school pupils.

Nutritious Hot Meal

The Federal and State governments will review the Strategic Plan for the rollout of the scheme which is part of the 500 billion Naira Social Investment plans of the Buhari administration.

The strategic plans will run until 2020 and form the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme which, according to the government, would provide a nutritious hot meal a day to over 24 million primary school children.

The HGSF programmes provide free school meals procured from local farmers.

These programmes offer a ‘win-win-win’ for children, farmers and communities alike.

“Children benefit from hot nutritionally balanced school meals which reduce hunger and improve education outcomes; farmers benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities benefit from new catering, processing and food handling jobs,” the statement read.

According to the Vice President, the Home-Grown School Feeding programme would help school pupils become better students, boost the local economies and create new jobs.

He said: “To achieve national coverage, the Federal Government is working in partnership with states and local communities for the successful implementation of the HGSF programme.

“Equally to support the process, the federal government is working with key technical partners to capitalise upon global experience and adopt best practices.

“One such partner is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) which is providing technical assistance to the Presidency”.

The forum that will hold at the Old Banquet Hall will have in attendance Governors of Borno, Oyo, Osun, Enugu and Kaduna and other government representatives and stakeholders from all 36 Nigerian States.

It will also have developmental partners in attendance.

It is an advocacy event that will provide the opportunity for state teams and their partners to model their school feeding plans within the national HGSF framework.

Besides the strategic plan, the Vice President will also launch the ‘Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 countries’, a joint Partnership for Child Development, the World Bank and World Food Programme analysis of National School Feeding Programmes from across the globe.