Empowering the future: ECOWAS homegrown school feeding for human capital development and economic growth

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Renforcer l'avenir: l'alimentation scolaire basée sur la production locale pour le développement du capital humain et la croissance économique dans l’espace CEDEAO

The ECOWAS Conference on Homegrown School Feeding, titled "Investing in Homegrown School Feeding to Strengthen Human Capital, Women's Economic Empowerment, and Contribute to Economic Development," served as a pivotal gathering of over 70 technical experts and government officials. Held on October 3-4, 2023, in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, this event convened representatives from 14 ECOWAS member states, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Togo. Technical country delegates represented the education, agriculture, and gender/social protection sectors, along with esteemed partners from ECOWAS, civil society, research institutions, international financial institutions (IFIs), donors and UN agencies. The conference aimed to share knowledge and best practices related to homegrown school feeding (HGSF) and its promising impact on human capital development, economic growth, food system strengthening, and women's empowerment, including taking stock of recent research and evidence. It provided a platform to assess progress in terms of political support for HGSF-friendly policies to identify scaling-up challenges and action plans and assuring ministerial-level support for homegrown school feeding programmes.

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