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.
WFP is undertaking a gender analysis to inform the best approaches to promote gender equality as the Government implements Tunisia’s Sustainable School Meals Strategy, linking schools with local agriculture and community participation.
A Gender Strategy and a Gender Action Plan for the Sustainable School Meals Programme are being developed. An analysis of gender relations in rural areas in Tunisia will inform how the Sustainable School Meals Programme can promote gender equality through fostering links with local agricultural production, creating revenue generating opportunities and encouraging community participation.
In Zaghouan governorate, an irrigation system has been developed for the newly established school garden in Nadhour. The irrigation system is important to ensure a predictable harvest in a region where the largely rain-fed agricultural sector often suffers from insufficient water supply. The school garden is a part of the WFP developed home-grown, multi-dimensional approach to school meals.
A greenhouse has been built as part of the school garden in Nadhour. The greenhouse will allow larger variety of vegetables to be grown and included in school meals, and will be used in nutrition and environmental education. A second greenhouse, financed by WFP in partnership with Tunisian NGO Femmes pour les Cantines Scolaires (FCS), is under construction in Jradou, Zaghouan governorate. FCS is entirely run by women who work to improve the conditions for learning in Tunisian primary schools, in particular through the promotion of nutritious school meals.
WFP is developing school garden guidelines. The guidelines will be used to support school staff, parents and children in maintaining school gardens and supply school canteens with home-grown vegetables.
- WFP continues its technical assistance to the Government as part of its on-going effort to review and improve the national school meals systems. A meeting with the National School Meals Steering Committee and WFP is scheduled for mid-February. The meeting will set the direction forward for the implementation of the Plan of Action for the enhancement of the Nationals School Meals Programme.
- WFP Tunisia has developed a partnership strategy to map international development cooperation efforts in the country and enhance its capacity to seek partnerships, and diversify funding for the school meals programme. Partnerships are essential to the Tunisian model, bringing together the Ministries of Education and Agriculture, international organisations, national NGOs, the private sector and communities.