The excitement in Mozambique is palpable as the Planet Aid and USDA school-feeding project gets underway. Under USDA’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs, Planet Aid together with its in-country implementing agency, ADPP Mozambique (ADPP), is implementing this three-year, multifaceted program to benefit more than 1 million students, teachers, parents, and community members.
Sacks of corn-soy blend are unloaded from the docks in Maputo, Mozambique and stacked in a local warehouse.
A primary component of the program will provide daily school meals to 60,000 children in Maputo province – totaling 34.2 million meals over three years. To increase local knowledge of the value of good nutrition and its impact on positive learning outcomes and childhood education overall, Planet Aid and ADPP, in partnership with American Soybean Association’s WISHH program (The World Initiative for Soy in Human Health), will train 1 million Mozambicans in nutrition.
The education component of the Planet Aid and ADPP program will focus on training more than 4,000 primary school teachers. Training will include courses in nutrition, community health practices, and small-scale agricultural and economic development techniques. Upon graduation, the teachers will reach 264,000 primary school students each year. This component of the program includes a considerable cost share by the Government of Mozambique.
To complement the education, nutrition and school-feeding aspects, Planet Aid and ADPP will also carry out other initiatives to address critical community needs. All schools in the program will be equipped with necessary kitchen and storage space. Schools currently without a dependable water source will receive a potable water supply, and some schools will deploy point-of-use water purification systems for the duration of the program. To instruct students and the local communities in agricultural practices, selected schools will establish a school garden. To ensure proper sanitation, all schools in the program will receive newly-constructed or upgraded latrines as necessary.