GCNF August Newsletter ☀️

Combating Food Insecurity and Promoting Sustainability: 
School Feeding in Namibia

"Windhoek Luftaufnahme" by Hp.Baumeler is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
Windhoek - the largest city and capital of Namibia.

School feeding programs in Namibia aim to address the challenges of food insecurity and malnutrition among children. These programs provide nutritious meals to students, ensuring they have the energy and nutrients they need to learn and grow. However, as awareness of the environmental impact of food production and waste grows, the Namibia School Feeding Programme leads the way on many sustainability and environmental issues.


Minimizing Waste

In addition to sourcing locally, the National School Feeding Program is also working to reduce food waste. The program encourages schools to participate in food composting initiatives, where leftover food is turned into fertilizer for school gardens. This initiative helps to reduce the amount of waste produced by the program while also promoting environmental awareness and agricultural skills. Other efforts to limit food waste on an ongoing basis include fumigation and pest control in storage areas and the use of nearly-expired foods, while efforts to limit packaging waste include the reuse of bags and containers.

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Infographic from GCNF - School Meal Programs and the Environment. Using data from the 2021 Global Survey of School Meal Programs.

In case you missed it

  • From the Center for Global Development, "Feeding Ghana’s Future: Navigating Challenges for Sustainable School Feeding in Ghana."
  • Developing guidelines and standards for school meals is not always simple or straightforward, and sometimes you would just like to know how other countries handled specific decisions, for instance, in light of limited data around schoolchildren’s needs. Is this you, or do you know of someone in this position? On the School food global hub, you can now ask a technical question, and see it addressed by an expert or country professional. Go to the Technical exchange section.
  • Don't forget to mark your calendars
    • September 12 - United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
    • September 21 - International Day of Peace
    • September 29 - International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
Some school meal programs store food for the program entirely off-site, in intermediary warehouses, or on-site, like this primary school in Benin. 

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