WFP school meals in Mali are a boost for children and the local economy
Kabara’s students are not the only ones enjoying the nourishing meals. Thanks to the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners, more than 114,000 students in 656 primary schools in Mali receive daily school meals in some of the regions hit hardest by food and nutrition insecurity.
Wherever markets operate, WFP supplies cash to school management committees to procure rice, vegetables and meat or fish from local merchants.
This approach not only helps improve school performance and students’ health, but also boosts local food production and the area’s economy.
During a time when Mali faces a multi-dimensional crisis linked to insecurity, climate change and the fallout of COVID-19, efforts that reinvest in 'human capital' are vital to ensure future generations can fully realize their potential.
“My income's increased thanks to school feeding,” says Mahamadou. He is the main meat supplier in Kabara and supplies each primary school with 10kg of mutton per day.
The prosperity he feels is reflected in the community; 11-year-old Mariam Daouna, one of the local students, is optimistic about her future.
“When I grow up, I want to become a doctor,” she says as she heads to the dining hall for her daily meal. “It makes me sad to see sick people around me and I want to make them feel better.”
Mali’s school feeding programme is possible thanks to financial support from the European Union, Germany, Norway, Italy, Luxembourg and Mastercard.