US Boosts Feeding Program in Rwanda Schools
The United States of America, department of agriculture on Monday committed $ 25 million for a schools feeding program in Rwanda.
â€œRwandaâ€™s education program is performing well and needs to be accompanied,â€ says Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, the US ambassador to Rwanda.
Between 2016 and 2021, over 83,000children from 104 schools of Twelve Year Basic Education (12YBE) from Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Karongi and Rutsiro will benefit from fortified blended cereals imported from United States.
Maize and beans will be purchased from 31 associations of local farmers.
According to Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwandaâ€™s agriculture Minister, this will increase farmersâ€™ income.
Benefiting districts were the most vulnerable in food security according to the 2012 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA).
The program will be implemented by the World Food Program (WFP).
Valerie N. Gualernieri, WFP Regional Director for East and Central Africa said, â€œWe want to support this initiative for the next five years, hoping that afterwards, Rwanda will have a national policy to sustain it without anyoneâ€™s intervention.â€
The country is implementing a universal education program, whereby children study for free from Primary to secondary.
Parents are already raising money to support school feeding. They say, it is improving pupilâ€™s performance and school attendance.
Enrolment has increased to 95% in Primary schools.
The school feeding program grant was signed between WFP regional representative and the US Department of Agriculture Deputy Minister Krysta Harden at US embassy-Kigali.