Linking small holder agriculture to school food provision

Linking small holder agriculture to school food provision

Home grown School Feeding (HGSF) in Sub-Saharan Africa is seen as a key tool in the transition towards nationally owned school feeding programmes. However, to support the transition from externally driven school feeding to HGSF, the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) - a global consortium of concerned organisations and experts - has launched a new programme. The programme is to support government action to deliver sustainable, nationally owned school feeding programmes sourced from local farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The paper notes the programme is providing evidence-based support and expertise for the design and management of school feeding programmes linked to local agricultural production. In this sense, the author introduces a framework that provides the basis for the design of the HGSF impact evaluations and feeds into the integrated country level assessments of gaps, needs, and constraints.

Finding and conclusions include:

  • HGSF had the potential to improve food security for small holders and other community groups
  • the scoping work coordinated by PCD has provided the time and space to strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships and catalyse action on the ground at regional and country level
  • as the trade-offs associated with the different HGSF models become better understood, the PCD HGSF programme will take this new knowledge into consideration
  • still, at least one other explicit HGSF programme component other than a cash grant for food procurement is needed in order to provide small holder food security benefits