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FG, UN partnering to expand school feeding programme

Laraba MUREY 

Following the joint assessment in the first quarter of 2021 to identify ways of improving, scaling-up and sustaining the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, with technical support from the United Nations, World Food Programme, WFP, has announced their collaboration.
In a joint statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the minister, Sadiya Farouq, explained that, “the NHGSFP remains an important intervention of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Through it hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and education can all be addressed.”
In addition,  she said, “we at the FMHADMSD are here to ensure that this programme is strengthened and sustained so that it can continue to support the needs of the children, families, women and communities it targets. The technical support from the World Food Programme is therefore, timely, relevant and well appreciated.”
on his part, Country Director, WFP, Sibanda, a.i. said,
“One of the best ways of fighting hunger and preventing malnutrition among children is to provide them with a healthy school meal. Nigeria is a good example of where the government has taken the lead from day one and invested resources and funding into the design and implementation of its National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme. This is a great initiative and WFP is very pleased to provide technical support for the Government of Nigeria.”
WFP disclosed that it will be backing the next stage with a significant transfer of ICT equipment. This includes tablets with access to the PLUS Schools Menus – a free tool to help state nutrition officers design nutritious menus for schools. 

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