The Federal Government has announced the disbursement of N3.7 billion to some states for the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) program. The program is a framework to link school feeding with local agriculture production.
The HGSF program according to its website “aims to deliver government-led, cost-effective school feeding programmes using food that is locally grown by smallholder farmers. These interventions have been described as a win-win for children and farmers alike, with aims to:
- tackle hunger and improve nutrition;
- increase children’s access, participation and achievement in school;
- and support local livelihoods.
HGSF is therefore one response for different sectors from health, education and agriculture, to join-up their work to achieve positive combined results”.
On benefits of the program for farmers, suppliers and caterers, it states that “there are approximately 500 million smallholder farmers in the world, who grow the majority of food in low- and middle-income countries, including 80% of food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. By linking these farmers, many of whom have children in school, to the school market secures them of a regular, reliable income. HGSF also promotes livelihoods for others involved in the school feeding supply chain
such as school caterers who prepare and hand out the food to children and those who help in its transport to schools.”
The states in this batch that benefited form the N3.7 billion disbursement are Enugu, Anambra, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara and Abia.
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