WFP, US strengthen Kenya's national school meals programmeListen /
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday presented the Kenyan Ministry of Education with 60 motorbikes and a four-wheel-drive vehicle to strengthen the government's expanding Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP).
The motorbikes and 4WD, with a combined value of $93,000 (about Ksh. 8 million), are part of a $305,000 contribution to WFP from the United States to help strengthen Kenya's national food-for-education programme.
With its experience and expertise in managing school meals programmes, WFP is using part of the US grant to provide greater mobility to Ministry of Education staff to visit and monitor schools and communities.
Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi said "The Government of Kenya is committed to providing school meals to needy children and appreciates the support of WFP and the United States towards achieving this".
The government's Home-Grown School Meals Programme aims to link local food-for-education initiatives to local smallholder farmers and food suppliers. Schools will then become regular customers for local farmers, thereby stimulating local agricultural production.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.