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Assessing the best markets for Malian farmers

PCD's Mali Programme Manager and farmers As part of an ongoing assessment of Mali’s Home Grown School Feeding programme, Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development and Mali’s Ministry of Agriculture are looking into how 52 rural cereal markets in Mali's Mopti and Kayes regions function and what their implications are on smallholder farmers and households.  

Using the study's data, recommendations can inform key policies to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, mainly concerning what are the best markets they can sell to, and what school feeding markets provide the best opportunities for them. 

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Sharing knowledge between farmers, traders and schools in Kilifi, Kenya

As part of ongoing work in Kenya's Kilifi region to improve the access of 2,500 smallholder farmers to markets in Kenya's Home Grown School Meals (HGSM) programme, Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development have been promoting the exchange of knowledge among traders and farmers on which markets are best to sell their produce to. 

To date, PCD have assisted in developing and disseminating both a schools database and stakeholder mapping which list all the relevant schools and reliable markets in the counties. In addition, specific information was also provided to traders on potential Farmer Based Organisations in the region, which outlined the quantities of maize they can provide for markets. 

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Osun State Furthers Commitment to HGSF

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Osun State, Nigeria furthered its commitment to strengthen the state’s HGSF programme (known as O’Meals) by adopting three technical documents which both assess and outline how to improve the implementation of the programmes.

The documents - two case studies, a programme document and an M&E strategy, developed by Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD) identify innovative measures that the state has and can introduce into the school feeding programme for its sustainability and productivity to benefit Osun State's development, as well as global learning on the programme.

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PCD Explores New Opportunities in Enugu and Anambra States, Nigeria

Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) have started looking at how to improve schoolchildren’s health, nutrition and education in Enugu and Anambra States, Nigeria.

On a recent scoping mission, PCD went to see the states’ school feeding programmes in action, where opportunities were identified on how support can be provided to the programmes’ design, implementation and scale up, and how other partners and donors could be engaged with to further strengthen the interventions. 

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The Gambia - HGSF Making it Work!

Image of school mealsBesides the opportunity to learn, children look forward to two things at the beginning of a school year in the The Gambia: reuniting with friends and the daily hot meals that WFP provides to more than 100,000 children, thanks to the European Union.

FARAFENNI – Just outside the back gate of Yalal-Ba Lower Basic School is an empty piece of land: the school farm, which unfortunately could not be cultivated during this cropping season due to lack of rain. This area of The Gambia, the North Bank region, is amongst the most food-insecure and vulnerable areas in the country. Drought has been chronic, especially during the last two years. Malnutrition is prevalent, with rates above 10 percent. WFP provides daily mid-morning meals to students between the ages of 4 - 14 made of rice, salt, peas and oil. Beneficiaries under the school feeding programme are also supported through school gardens, which serve as a learning centre and also a source of vegetables and fruits to supplement the children’s diet.

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