Malawi and Mozambique share notes on school feeding programme

Written by  Marie Kambeja

The government of Brazil has pledged its continued support in a number of social programmes in a number of African countries it is cooperating with citing the home grown school feeding projects.


Brazilian Ambassador to Malawi Gustavo Nogueira made the remarks in Lilongwe during a knowledge sharing workshop for Malawi and Mozambique on the Purchase from Africans for Africa—PAA.


This is an initiative of the Brazilian government and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) which seeks to promote the food security of school children and improve small scale farmers access to markets by implementing local food purchase initiatives.


The Brazilian Ambassador to Malawi said he is impressed with initiatives by the Malawi government in as far as the school feeding programme is concerned.


He says the project initiated in 2012 is being implemented in Ethiopia, Malawi,Mozambique , Senegal and Niger.

In Mozambique the first phase of the project has been supporting smallholder farmers production and maize procurement for school meals while in Malawi it focused on supporting the expansion of the Home Grown School Feeding approach in the districts of Mangochi and Phalombe.


It was in view of this that a knowledge sharing workshop between Malawi and Mozambique was organized in a bid to provide an opportunity for political and technical dialogue between the two countries and it brought together actors from governments, civil society, FAO and WFP.


Edgar Cossa , Head of Department of Communication and Food Promotion in the Ministry of Agriculture in Mozambique said one major lesson learnt from Malawi is how government has mainstreamed issues of the school feeding programme into the national budget saying this is a move in the right direction in as far as sustainability is concerned.


"We need to ensure that our government has the sustainability of that programme in our country. The sustainability plan should be an effort of all partners including civil society and communities” said Edgar Cossa.


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