What is HGSFP?

Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFP): In 2003, African Governments included locally-sourced school feeding programmes in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

That same year, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), together with World food Programme (WFP) and the millennium Hunger Task Force, launched a pilot Home Grown School Feeding and Health. Programme (HGSFP) designed to link school feeding to agricultural development through the purchase and use of locally and domestically produced food (NEPAD, 2003). Twelve pilot countries (Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mail, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia) were invited to implement the HGSFP. So far, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Nigeria are already implementing the HGSFP.

The Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) was developed under the NEPAD Education Strategic Framework, in pursuit of the actualization of Education for all by the year 2015 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Aims and Objectives

i. reduction of hunger among school children;
ii. increasing school enrolment, attendance, retention, completion and performance, particularly of children in rural communities and poor urban neighbourhoods;
iii. enhancing comprehension and learning achievements of pupils;
iv. Correcting gender imbalance through increased girl-child enrolment

What is happening in the programme?

a) NEPAD Nigeria conducts a one-day stakeholder’s roundtable discussion/briefing on the promotion of school enrolment in Nigeria through home grown school feeding programme.
b) Attending meetings/workshops e.g
i) Technical Meeting on Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme ( o-meals) held from 21st – 23rd May, 2014 at the Center for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, Osun State was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Partnership for Child Development (PCD), World Bank and Vitol Foundation.

What progress has been made so far?

i. improved school enrolment particularly, girl-chid and boys drop-out syndrome;
ii. Improved the nutrition of school children by promoting indigenous production of food items;
iii. Job opportunities for indigenous farmers created;
iv. reduction of hunger among school children;
v. Encouraging effective community involvement and participation in school management; etc.

The Team

a) NEPAD Nigeria Education branch; Directior, DD,AD, CPO, Education officers.
b) Federal Ministry of Education and its parastatais;
c) Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment
d) State MDAs;
e) Federal ministry of women Affairs;
f) Federal Ministry of Agriculcure & Rural Development
h) NEPAD State coordinators;
j) Students;
k) Primary School Management Board;
l) CSOs/NGOs;
m) Parent; etc.