Family Farming - World Food Day 2014

Teresia with cow 2

The 2014 World Food Day themed - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers, a strong signal of the international recognition of farmers' contributions to world food security.
By sourcing from family and smallholder farmers for school meals Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes have a great impact on eradicating hunger and poverty, food security and malnutrition, particularly in rural areas. HGSF programmes also address one key objective of the day - to celebrate the successes of linking agriculture and nutrition.

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Improving Farmer Capacity in Mali

PCD with women smallholder farmers who were recently trained

As part of support to the Government of Mali to measure the impact of its Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme, Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) is training agricultural and extension agents to increase smallholder farmer profits and access to markets in Mali’s Kayes and Mopti regions.  
On a trip to assess the early effects of the training across four villages in Mopti, PCD found that the trained farmers, the majority of who were women, have significantly increased their yields and are producing cereal (millet) varieties with higher returns than their regular local varieties.

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International Forum Highlights School Nutrition to Promote Social and Economic Development

Ghanaian children with lunch boxes in school

School nutrition promotes social and economic development and also helps reduce hunger and poverty, especially when linked to the purchase of food from smallholder farmers. This is the main message of the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum, the world's foremost event on school feeding, which opened on 29 September in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since 1997, the Forum has been gathering leaders from developing countries for five days of discussions about how best to establish sustainable school feeding programmes run by national governments. By sharing their insights, experiences and challenges, an informal worldwide alliance of leaders dedicated to advancing school feeding has evolved.

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School menus made easy with launch of innovative new School Meals Planner

Ghanaian boy eating lunch in school

An innovative free School Meals Planner tool has been launched at a special plenary session of a leading global school feeding conference. The online and offline tool will for the first time enable users to plan and create nutritionally balanced and fully costed school meals using locally available food. 

Creating a nutritionally balanced school menu using local ingredients is not an easy thing to do, especially when you are working within a tight budget.  This is doubly true when the children relying on your school meals are from communities where food insecurity is high and malnutrition and anaemia are common conditions.

The School Meals Planner is the first tool of its kind to show the macro and micronutrient contents of cooked meals made from locally procured ingredients.

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Influencing Behaviour Change for Better Child Nutrition in Ghana

BCC posters

A new behavioural change (BCC) campaign is currently underway in Ghana to encourage schoolchildren to eat well and to take on healthy hygiene habits. 

As part of the campaign, representatives from 13 NGOs in Ghana were recently trained by Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD) to deliver the campaign across 395 communities in Ghana - targeting community events, churches, mosques and other locations.

During the training PCD outlined how materials such as t-shirts and posters should be used by campaign volunteers in communities to encourage nutritious eating habits, diet diversification and good health and hygiene of schoolchildren and their families.  

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