Feeding a nation’s future: the transformative power of school feeding programmes

How school feeding can transform the lives of children and enhance a nation’s human capital

The Home-Grown School Feeding programme in Malawi supports local farmers, providing school meals using local produce to almost 1 million children. Photo: WFP/Raul Saenz
School feeding programmes can provide a sense of stability in conflict-affected states, such as Syria. Their impact is especially great for girls — helping girls stay in school, especially into adolescence, is an effective way of preventing early marriage and of delaying first pregnancy. Photo: WFP/Zuha Akkash
The Government of Kenya took full ownership of the national school feeding programme in June 2018, now providing hot meals to over 1 million children across the country. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi
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Carmen Burbano de Lara

Director of the United Nations World Food Programme School Feeding Division