A call has been made for African countries to promote home-grown school feeding programmes through increasing their food production a key strategy to achieve the sustainable development goals.
Despite having massive agricultural potential, many African countries continue to import foodstuffs and a call has been made for them to break the import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production.
The call was made by African Union commissioner for human resources, science and technology development Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor during a press conference to mark the commemoration of the 3rd Africa Day of School Feeding Programme in Harare.
Professor Agbor said through promoting home-grown school feeding programmes children and communities can also develop agricultural skills to produce for their nations.
Education ministers from the Gambia and South Sudan concurred that school feeding is a step towards humanity as it contributes to improved education and has overall impacts in addressing social safety net.
More than 30 African countries are in attendance for the three day commemorations running under the theme, “Realising the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home Grown School Feeding”.