The Gambia

Children from the Dingirai Lower Basic School in The Gambia examine beans grown on school land. Copyright: WFP/Isatou Njai.

The Gambia: Communities Enrich Children’s Diets Through Home-Grown School Meals

In The Gambia, parents and teachers are building on the World Food Programme’s school meals initiative by growing vegetables to enrich their children’s diets as part of the government-led Home-Grown School Feeding Programme. At Dingirai Lower Basic School, in the Central River region, everyone has pitched in, and the children love the results.


The Gambia, with a population of over 1.7 million, remains one of the least developed, low-income and food-deficit countries in the world, ranked 165 of 186 on the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index (HDI). The country’s economy is predominately subsistence agrarian, and 53 percent of the population lives on less than US$2 per day.