Food vouchers instead of a hot meal

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School in Ziguinchor (Senegal)

Senegal: School Feeding in Senegal Is Going Local

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Darsalam, a village in the area of Nyassia, is about15 km from Ziguinchor, in southern Senegal. Like many other villages in the Casamance Naturelle, it is still bearing the brunt of its troubled past.

Lunch at school in Senegal -  http://www.coopi.org/images/fullscreen/senegal5.jpg
Lunch at school in Senegal – http://www.coopi.org/images/fullscreen/senegal5.jpg

Up until recently, WFP has been delivering food to the school on a quarterly basis. But a new approach – the use of food vouchers – is being piloted in 145 schools, including in the school of Darsalam. “There are advantages in the introduction of the food vouchers,” says Jean Camara, the school canteen manager. “We have more independence, choice and we can buy the food more regularly. Also, we know where the food comes from as we can buy some locally, and we can ensure that the food has the highest quality.”

Read the full article: allAfrica

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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