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Home Grown School Feeding Resource Framework

  • Published on March 10, 2022

This comprehensive resource framework aims to exploit the potential of school feeding in alleviating rural poverty by supporting the development of home-grown school feeding (HGSF). HGSF (and nutrition) programmes are designed to stimulate local production: by purchasing the food required from local smallholder farmers and processors they create a stable demand for quality and safe food, stimulate local production, support the development of local skills, and combat malnutrition. By providing initial assistance to local smallholder farmers to develop their capacity for providing a reliable food supply, HGSF programmes can also expand opportunities for smallholder farmers to gain access to markets, and contribute to rural transformation.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), NEPAD and the WFP Centre of Excellence in Brazil have joined forces to create a resource framework for the design, implementation and scale-up of country-led HGSF programmes. The resource framework has been developed for use by programme practitioners, policy-makers, development partners, governments, civil society and community-based organizations and the private sector. It builds on policy directions from a 2009 publication4 and capitalizes on lessons from experience with WFP-supported and other programmes and related knowledge products. It is based on a comprehensive review and wide consultations among the partner organizations at the global, regional and country levels, experts, members of governments and other stakeholders at Global Child Nutrition Forum and other venues for learning and policy dialogue. The resource framework is a knowledge product that harmonizes existing knowledge and tools and builds on the wealth of expertise of partners. It fosters partnerships to help governments achieve their goals and lays the ground for a community of practice in HGSF for achieving impact at scale.

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