Namibia’s Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are developing a Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
The aim, said Absalom Absalom, public relations officer in the Education Ministry, is to link schools to smallholder farmers or small-medium scale traders, enabling schools to diversify their school meals with locally sourced nutritious food.
“The approach will further seek to increase income for smallholder farmers,” Absalom said Thursday.
According to Absalom, within the broad framework of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, schools will further be encouraged to establish school gardens as an alternative source of vegetables.
“Complementary also to enhance agriculture and nutrition education for learners,” he said.
Meanwhile, the two parties have commenced with the roll-out of the hydroponics farming technique in schools, promoted as an alternative way of promoting sustainable school gardens.
“It will also be promoted among community groups. Hydroponics is therefore at the heart of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme and will be promoted within this broader context,” he added.
This, according to Absalom, is envisaged to result in increased vegetable production, increased micro-nutrient in-take for both learners and communities and increased household income, thereby addressing food security and access to other basic needs. Enditem