Mali établit un Centre national d'alimentation scolaire

Afin que la faim ne soit pas un obstacle à l’accès et au maintien des enfants à l’école
lundi 6 juin 2011, par Allaye Lam -

Les députés ont approuvé à l’unanimité (118 votants) le projet de loi portant création du Centre national des cantines scolaires. Notre pays dispose depuis 2009 d’une politique nationale de l’alimentation scolaire. Cette politique est fondée sur la volonté d’implanter des cantines scolaires dans toutes les régions, en priorité dans les 166 communes les plus vulnérables confrontées à l’insécurité alimentaire. Elle vise à créer les conditions de durabilité de cette stratégie pour que la faim ne soit pas un obstacle à l’accès et au maintien des enfants à l’école.

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USDA's International Food Assistance Programme to help 5.2 million people in 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award more than $346 million in international assistance grants, which includes transportation and freight costs, under the Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs in fiscal year 2011, benefiting more than 5.2 million people.

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Ghana signs the PCD Technical Assistance Plan

exchanging_Ghana_TAP_feb_web_cropOn February 18th 2011, the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) adopted a Technical Assistance Plan (TAP) to serve as a working document for its operation. The overall objective of the TAP sponsored by the Partnership for Child Development (PCD) is to support government ownership of the programme and build the needed capacity to effectively implement and re-design the programme for a successful and sustainable running.

"The document will also ensure an enabling environment for effective collaboration with development partners and the civil society," said Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. Mr Ofosu Ampofo, who addressed participants during the closing ceremony of a three-day sensitisation workshop for newly appointed Regional Coordinators and Programme Officers on Thursday, pledged government's commitment in the provision of an enabling environment for the smooth implementation of the Plan adopted at the closing ceremony.

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HGSF Accra Communique

The largest ever gathering of leading international school feeding experts – the 2010 Global Child Nutrition Forum – has highlighted the importance of school feeding as a key mechanism to advance food security, education, and agricultural development. Home grown school feeding promotes local agricultural development by providing smallholder farmers access to a stable market while simultaneously improving the education and nutrition of school children.

Recent calls have been made for nations to increase their annual budgets for agricultural development and to link school feeding programs to national agricultural production. In line with this the Forum delegates called for the inclusion of school feeding on the international agenda such as the African Union Summit in Kampala in July 2010.

Their call to action builds on:

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6th Annual School Health and Nutrition Short Course

Children_at_windowStrengthening Contemporary School Health, Nutrition & HIV Prevention Programmes

8 - 17 June 2010
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research Ghana, Accra

School, health and nutrition (SHN) programmes are essential to achieving Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals. This interactive and participatory course aims to strengthen the capacity of the health and education sectors to respond effectively to the needs of school-age populations at school level.  

The course provides participants from all over Africa and beyond with an up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to concepts and current practices in improving the health, nutrition and education of schoolchildren.    

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