Building Farmer Capacity in Kenya

The transition of school feeding from the World Food Programme to the Kenyan Government has brought excellent benefits for smallholder farmers.
Smallholders, who have in the past been exploited by middlemen and production forces and marketing that demand large economies of scales, can today happily trade with the government, get paid promptly and improve their earning potential.

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Learning Together to Improve Kenya Farmer Livelihoods

Farmers in Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Agricultural, Education, the UN, World Bank and farmer groups were recently convened at an event where organisations Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Farm Concern International, Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Dutch NGO, SNV, and the World Food Programme outlined how they assist the earning potential of over 33,000 Kenyan farmers by connecting them to markets to sell their product to. 


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Kingdom of Lesotho becomes 54th country to join Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

On 2 July 2014, the Kingdom of Lesotho became the 54th country to join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. On behalf of the government, a letter of commitment was sent by Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, MP, Prime Minister of Lesotho. The letter highlighted that malnutrition was one of the most serious, long term problems faced by Lesotho today. It included details regarding the nutrition situation in the country and its consequences on the population. Lesotho also identified over-nutrition associated with non-communicable diseases as another understated nutrition challenge.

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How A Local Food Movement Began and Evolved in Vermont, USA

“Eat Fresh! Eat Local!”
Back in 2008, teacher Hans Estrin’s ecology students at The Putney School heard that rallying cry and launched a well-intentioned project: Take the surplus from the 3-acre garden at the private and progressive Putney School and donate it for lunches at the public Putney Central Elementary School, just down the hill. “It was a great idea!” says Hans. “Our gardens had surplus, and the public school could certainly use some fresh produce.”
And it was a complete flop.

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Hungry to Learn

HGSF Policy Paper

An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children's education at the same time

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

Common responses to this question would probably include things like no school fees, well-trained teachers and high-quality textbooks. Others would likely argue the need to combat discrimination faced by certain marginalised groups (e.g. girls, orphans and children with disabilities) both inside and outside of the classroom. Indeed, all of these are essential for building strong education systems and ensuring that every child enjoys their right to education.

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