Seminar: Linking local agriculture to school feeding: context, modalities, and challenges

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:30 to 15:30


Location: Upper Meeting Room, LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Speaker: Samrat Singh

Abstract: The presentation will introduce the concept of Home grown school feeding (HGSF) and its evolution. It will then explain the rationale and context of linking local agriculture to school feeding with a focus on the factors and challenges that determine the feasibility and sustainability of such a linkage especially in the context of SSA countries. It will attempt to address some of the issues around regulatory frameworks, agriculture markets, smallholder engagement, public procurement, nutrition and national grain reserves. The content of the presentation will mainly derive from PCDs work in Ghana and Nigeria and some parts of East Africa.

Bio: Samrat is a lawyer by training with experience in food policy, local governance and public service delivery. He presently works as a research associate (food policy) for PCD, Imperial College London. Samrat has provided consulting services on a variety of food policy and governance projects. Last year he completed a review of school feeding legal and policy frameworks for 18 countries which will be published by PCD/WFP. He is currently working with national grain reserve agencies and school feeding in Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Kenya.