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2011 Global Child Nutrition Forum
Nairobi, Kenya
3 May 2011 - 7 May 2011


2011 Global Child Nutrition Forum
All African nations should immediately focus on establishing and expanding home grown school feeding programmes through legislation and national policies, and NEPAD and the African Union should support this. This is the call to actionby the 13th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum held on May 3-7, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Government of Kenya and co-sponsored by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and The Partnership for Child Development (PCD).

It was the third time the Forum has been held outside the USA (in 2009 it was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and in 2010 in Accra, Ghana). The 2011 Forum was attended by approximately about 100 delegates and observers from 22 African countries, including high level government officials from Ministries of Agriculture, Education and Health, and key international development partners. FANRPAN was represented by its Programme Manager for Social Protection and Sustainable Livelihoods, Mr Ian Mashingaidze.

The five-day educational and technical assistance conference is held annually to support countries in the development and implementation of sustainable school feeding programs. The 2011 Forum brought together high level technical, government and development partners from countries in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions on the theme Scaling up Sustainability: Linking School Feeding with Agriculture Development to Maximize Food Security. Specific objectives of the meeting included to:
  • Strengthen coordination of school feeding, school health and local agriculture development;
  • Identify barriers and remedial actions that may be taken to achieve effective linking of agriculture development and school feeding;
  • Provide learning and knowledge exchange processes between stakeholders in national government, private sector, NGOs and the research community; and
  • Assist country leaders in developing plans to link school feeding to agricultural production in their countries.
The vision of theUnited States-based GNCF (http://www.gcnf.org/) is “A world in which hunger is not a barrier to children learning”, whilst its mission is to“Expand opportunities for the world's children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.”The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) (http://www.child-development.org/), formed in 1992, is an organisation committed to improving the education, health and nutrition of school-age children and youth in low income countries. It is hosted by the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, United Kingdom.

School Feeding Call to Action
Nairobi, Kenya

Delegates from 22 African nations attending the Global Child Nutrition Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, May 3-7, 2011, call upon all African Nations to immediately focus on establishing and expanding home grown school feeding programs through legislation and national policies. NEPAD and the African Union are invited to support this call to action.

Hunger is on the rise and there is an immediate and imminent need to feed our children. The United Nation's millennium development goal of cutting hunger in half by 2015 is not on target; the G8 pledge to 'feed the future' has not been fully funded. However, calls by the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) to increase national budgets to 10% of the gross national product for agricultural development is being heard and realized by many African countries.

Home grown school feeding programs have been shown to improve:
  • Education - through improved enrolment, school attendance and test scores
  • Health and Nutrition Outcomes - by improving the nutritional status of school-aged children
  • Rural Prosperity - by linking school feeding to local agricultural production and small-holder farmers
  • National Food Security - by reducing food insecurity within local communities
Home grown school feeding programs are sustainable methods of attracting all children, especially girls, to school, while increasing local agricultural production and stimulating the local economy.

The Forum, attended by delegates from 22 African countries, regional and international organizations, representatives from the private sector and other countries, was hosted by the Kenyan government and co-sponsored by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (Washington, DC) and the Partnership for Child Development (Imperial College London).

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