On 10 March, WFP Gambia together with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the First Lady celebrated the 2016 Africa School Meals Day across the country.
School meals were provided to school children in all targeted regions in March.
The deadline affecting the ban on the import of rice has been extended from 31 December 2015 to September 2016.
The drafting of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017 – 2021 is near finalization.
The draft National School Feeding Policy document was validated in early December 2015. The final policy is subject to Cabinet approval.
Planning for the pilot of the cash based transfers for decentralized community procurement as part of the school meals programme, is advancing.
Training of pilot schools is complete. Schools have been provided with tender boxes, procurement files with templates, office safes and weighing scales.
Schools have launched tenders and open bids, the transfer of funds to schools are in progress.
The implementation of SCOPE (WFP’s new beneficiary registration and transfer platform) has started in The Gambia with registration for the blanket supplementary feeding activities in Upper River Region.