The Federal Government has appropriated 93 Billion Naira to fund the first phase of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Contrary to uninformed reports, the State Governments are NOT compelled to contribute to the scheme. Their contribution is welcome but not mandatory.
States will be active participants in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, however, their counterpart funding is not required to start the programme’s implementation. Willing states are however encouraged to complement the programme so it can reach more pupils.
This 1st phase of this programme will commence this year in 18 states. Three (3) from the six (6) geo political zones.
5.5 million school children will be fed for 200 school days in 18 states across Nigeria.
Besides fully funding the programme for pupils in primaries 1-3, the Federal Government will also provide technical assistance that will allow states design their context-specific state owned models. The assistance comes with partner experience and support in key areas of health education and agriculture, allowing the managers of the program to understand the concept of the “home grown” school feeding.
At the end of four years, we are hoping that the Home Grown School Feeding Initiative will be feeding 20 million primary school pupils.