The Power of the Public Plate Podcast Episode 7 - Addis Ababa: School Feeding in Women’s Hands
“If we work together with the health sector and other sectors, it’s easy to provide very nutritious and healthy products in schools” - Meti Tamrat
Episode number 7 of the Power of the Public Plate Podcast is an engaging conversation with Meti Tamrat, advisor to the Addis Ababa city administration mayor on nutrition and multispectral coordination, as well as board member of the school feeding agency, on the inspiring food public procurement system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Meti spent more than four years as a school feeding program coordinator in the Addis Ababa education bureau and as the first head of the city’s school feeding agency. She’s currently responsible for the overseeing of the implementation of the overall food system related programme in a sustainable and improved way.
Together with Meti, we explore the factors that make Addis Ababa’s school feeding system so exemplary. For one, it is very much focused on local employment and it offers the school children’s mothers the opportunity to get training on healthy and sustainable cooking and then be part of the catering service working in the schools. The programme also manages to improve the levels of nutrition in schools and connect with local farmers and ingredients, as well as providing children important lessons on food through, for example, visits to local farms.
By implementing all these measures, Addis Ababa’s public food procurement system is able to contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals of zero hunger, quality of education, gender equality, good health and wellbeing.
The Power of the Public Plate, brought to you by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the UN One Planet Network, is a collection of interviews on how public authorities from around the world leverage procurement to positively impact the food value chain, to ultimately contribute to sustainable food systems. Each week new guests from different parts of the world join us to explore their idea of sustainable food procurement, so make sure to tune in for all the episodes!
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