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Celebrating the fourth Africa Day of School Feeding with renewed commitment

Children having a meal at school
Children having a meal at school. Copyright: WFP/Giulio D'Adamo
ROME-ABIDJAN – African leaders are gathering this week in Abidjan to celebrate Africa Day of School Feeding.  The event hosted by the African Union and the government of Cote d’Ivoire is an arena for governments to celebrate gains and confirm future plans for school feeding programmes across Africa.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) compliments/recognises the rising political will and commitment to school feeding across the continent. African nations continue to prioritise school feeding through policy and legislation, to improve retention, attendance and the performance of children in school as well as creating economic growth.

What: 4th Africa Day of School Feeding Celebrations

When: 27 February -1 March 2019

Where: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


  • African Union Ministers of Education
  • The Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire and Prime Minister of São Tome e Principé
  • Senior Government Officials
  • African Union Commissioner and Partners
  • WFP Directors

“In recent years, we have witnessed school feeding shifting from social protection programmes to a core feature of many countries’ strategies to ensure food and nutrition security for all,” said Daniel Balaban, director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil. “School feeding has become a key intervention for countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2, and the African Union has been a great advocate for the adoption of home-grown school feeding as a continental strategy to improve nutrition, increase smallholder farming and eliminate hunger”.

“School feeding programmes are changing lives in Africa – millions of people, especially girls, have regular access to education and nutritious meals, thanks to national governments whose commitment is supported by the African Union,” said Carmen Burbano, WFP Director of School Feeding. “The benefits of this investment extend beyond the schools to entire communities -  smallholder farmers are finding new markets for their produce, which boosts economies and creates jobs – and governments will reap the benefits in human capital”.

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The African Day for School Feeding was instituted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 26th African Union Summit in January 2016 in recognition of the immense value of Home-Grown School Feeding.

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For more information please contact (email address:

Amelia Stewart, WFP/Rome +39 349 9368871

George Fominyen, WFP/Dakar, +221776394271