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US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens
WFP provides capacity strengthening activities aimed at enhancing governmentrun National School Meals Programme (NSMP).
The national programme reach 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.
TUNIS – Representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have met the Mayor of Benghazi AbdelRahman el-Abbar, to discuss how best WFP and the United Nations can provide support to the country.
Tunisia has undergone significant change following the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011. The strategic direction of the Government currently focuses on strengthening democracy, while laying the groundwork for a stronger economic recovery. Tunisia has a GNI per capita of USD 11,250 purchasing power parity (World Bank, 2015). The 2016 UNDP Human Development Report ranks Tunisia 97 out 188 countries and as 58 on the Gender Inequality Index (GII 2015).
The food markets are characterized by heavy subsidies on cereals which have contributed to keep the prices stables. The government's economic policy strategy is aimed at boosting annual real GDP growth to 5% and cutting unemployment to 12% by end-2020 (from 15.4% at end-2017), by introducing a "new model" of development.
• WFP Tunisia has identified eight primary schools in four different regions of the country to refurbish their existing kitchens and canteens as well as revitalise annexed school gardens. The interventions will result in enhancing the Government’s capacity to provide hot nutritious meals to 920 children in 2018.
• WFP Tunisia, Ministries of Education and Agriculture, and UNOPS experts conducted visits to schools in three Tunisian governorates. In partnership with the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICS), sixteen primary schools will be upgraded in 2018, to enable them to provide students with daily nutritious hot meals.
Represented by the Ministry of Education’s Director General for International Cooperation, the Government of Tunisia participated in the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) in Montreal together with WFP Tunisia staff. Tunisia demonstrated the high level of commitment to establishing country-operated sustainable school feeding programs.
Nadhour Central kitchen’s main building construction under the National School Meals Programme is ongoing. Operating the Central kitchen will enable the distribution of nutritious meals to the first 10 satellite schools selected in the pilot region.
The Community Based Organisation (CBO) composed of 20 rural women has received legal status. The newly formed CBO reflects community participation and local ownership of the WFP-developed Sustainable School Meals Pilot project.
WFP has collaborated with the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES) to conduct a strategic review of the food and nutrition security in the country. On June 14, the findings of the study were shared during a one-day conference attended by 30 different national and international stakeholders including the Minister of Agriculture.
On 20 April, WFP and the Ministries of Education and Agriculture hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on school gardens. The Minister of Education, senior government officials and the president of the Tunisian Agriculture and Fishery Union, together with more than 200 participants, exchanged ideas about how school gardens can provide multiple benefits for children and local communities.
WFP, the African Development Bank and the Tunisian Ministry of Education are discussing ways to foster synergies in collaboration with the Tunisian Government in the shared efforts to build a stronger education sector and enhanced social safety nets.
The first food and environment classes were held in a newly established school garden developed with WFP support. The garden will serves as a hub for community participation, nutritional, environmental and agricultural education for children and adults.
The Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region aims at enhancing the effectiveness and broadening the coverage and impact of school meals programmes as a key social protection instrument in support of poor and vulnerable children and marginalized communities. It embraces both crisis situations as well as more stable but vulnerable contexts, strengthening resilience and providing opportunities for more inclusive development pathways and social stability.
The Tunisian investment in the National School Meals programme was showcased as a leading example during an event to present the Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa. The initiative conceives school meals as a costefficient investment which can drive mutuallyreinforcing social protection, education, and nutrition outcomes; while promoting community resilience.
As part of a WFP developed, multi-dimensional approach to nutritious school meals, a school garden is established in Nadhour, Zaghouan governorate. Trees have been planted, and the irrigation system and a greenhouse have been set up. The garden will supply the school canteens with fresh home-grown vegetables.
- A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Kingdom of Morocco and WFP, extending the partnership to enhance the national school meals programme until end of December 2017.
- The Tunisian Minister of Education met with WFP’s Executive Director in Rome to reinforce the already strong partnership and discuss the potential for leveraging the Tunisian experience as a regional model for school meals in the Middle East and North Africa.
Employees of Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life Services and the founding partner of Stop Hunger, a global non-profit organization, undertook a mission to Tunisia to advise on supply chain, food preparation and distribution management. Their contribution will enhance the capacity to deliver hot meals in the Zaghouan central kitchen pilot.
The Ministry of Education, the Italian Cooperation (AICS) and WFP agreed to leverage on 138 school kitchens equipped by AICS, to act as hubs to replicate the model across Tunisia.
Building on the successful, on-going collaboration, the Moroccan Ministry of Education has requested WFP to extend its capacity development activities in the country until December 2017, in order to accompany the implementation of the Plan of Action for the enhancement of the national school meals programme.