Research on School Meals Projects in Africa

Sponsor: USDA – FAS
Target Group: Faculty & Staff
Closing Date: January 15, 2021
Description: The key objectives of the McGovern-Dole program are to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related support, McGovern-Dole projects help boost school enrollment and academic performance. At the same time, nutrition programs are offered for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and pre-school children to sustain and improve their health and learning capacity before they enter school.

In the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA was authorized to implement a new program, the Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement (LRP) Program. The program was officially launched in 2016 awarding three programs that year and three more programs each subsequent year up to 2019. To date, USDA has funded 12 separate LRP programs in 12 countries with a total funding amount of $35 million. Each year the funding allocations increased for the LRP program and in 2018 the Farm Bill announced that USDA’s McGovern-Dole program would allow local and regional purchase under the McGovern-Dole program, no longer as a separate program anymore. This allowed for all projects that applied in FY2020 to have a local and regional component to the program to encourage local, regional and national ownership of school feeding, and build the capacity of small holder farmers using schools as a guaranteed market outlet. The research questions below are derived from the McGovern-Dole School Meals Learning Agenda. Developed in 2016, the Learning Agenda is intended to identify gaps in the knowledge base within the school meals literature that USDA believes should be addressed as a matter of priority.

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