As a follow-up to our work developing to new global school feeding programme guidance, Joseph provided support to the World Food Programme in Côte d’Ivoire to develop a large bid for the US McGovern Dole programme. Historically at the leading edge of sustainable school feeding, Côte d’Ivoire’s school cantines strategy is based on mobilising local farming groups who grow the food that is purchased by the programme. This ensures that long term capacity is developed. Women are supported to join the farmer-groups through additional support, including literacy and skills training.
A critical challenge faced by the programme is the need to maintain the long term trajectory towards sustainable home grown school feeding, whilst meeting the immediate needs created by recent political instability, lingering violence, and reintegration of different parts of the country. ImpactReady was able to bring our knowledge of school feeding to develop a bid that created a flexible framework to deliver educational and literacy gains using food aid, whilst remaining responsive to future programming directions.