The fifth budget revision has been approved to extend DEV 200304 for 15 months (from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2018).
Funds are needed to pursue capacity development activities in the school meals programme including trainings for members of schools canteens committees.
Funding is the main challenge the project is facing. Resources are urgently needed to implement capacity-strengthening activities planned under the fifth budget revision for a transition towards a nationally owned school meals programme.
The technical committee of the DEV is formed by the representatives of eight ministries (Rural Development, Education, Agriculture, Finance and Health among others) involved in school meals activities. The World Bank supports the Community based Development and Social Safety Nets project named PDCPlus while UNICEF is providing WASH material and techniques. Twelve (12) national non-governmental organizations are supervising the distribution of school meals in close collaboration with PDCPlus.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU: 2016 to 2018) was signed on 7 July by WFP and the Government of Togo. This MoU clarifies respective roles and responsibilities for WFP technical assistance in delivering sustainable school meals and social safety net programmes. WFP works in collaboration with other UN agencies including UNICEF, FAO, ILO and UNDP to provide technical assistance and capacity augmentation in delivering sustainable school meals, social protection and contribute to achieving zero hunger in the country.