With the entry of Sokoto and Adamawa, there are now 26 States in Nigeria participating in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government.
This programme is part of the 500 billion Naira Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria to tackle poverty, improve health and education of Nigerians, especially children.
NHGSFP is a Nigerian Government-led, cost-effective school feeding programme that uses farm produce locally grown, to feed pupils. Among others, the scheme aims to improve school enrolment among children, with Nigeria current primary school drop out rate at about 30%.
The scheme also targets strengthening local agricultural economies by providing a school feeding market in which farmers can sell their produce and create employment opportunities with jobs in catering, processing, farming.
The Home Grown School Feeding Programme has as the slogan: Developing Local Agriculture, Nourishing Young Minds. This is in line with the objectives of the programme.
The information on the updated number of States in the programme was released on their Twitter handle @NHGSFP. See it below.