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Côte d'Ivoire

Increase number of days operating school canteens (CI0035)



Action Plan: Côte d’Ivoire Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training (MENETFP) Direction of School Canteens (DCS)

Support Institution(s):

Policy Areas

Education, Health, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery, Safety Nets & Economic Inclusion, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

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Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

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Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public interest issue to be addressed by this commitment? In Côte d'Ivoire, as part of the implementation of the compulsory schooling policy, school feeding has been retained as a strategic axis by the Ivorian government in order to stimulate demand for education and to maintain primary education in the education system by providing hot and balanced meals based on local products. There were 5,422 canteens that operated during the 2018-2019 school year. The World Food Program (WFP) has supplied, under the McGovern-Dole Program, “Food for Education”, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, 613 canteen schools, or 11.31% of all schools with canteens. This contribution enabled 125,000 students to take hot and balanced meals over 120 days of operation of the canteen for 160 days of school. Seven priority areas, recognized as food insecure areas, have benefited (the regions of Cavally, Bafing, Bagoue, Poro, Tchologo, Bounkani and Gontougo). The government of Côte d'Ivoire supplied 4,809 canteen schools, or 88.69%, for 888,000 students for 18 days out of 120 days of canteen operation over 160 school days. There is therefore a gap to be filled of 102 days to reach the 120 days of operation of the canteen in schools with canteens covered by the government. This generates complaints from the populations about the poor supply of food for the proper functioning of school canteens, resulting in a high absenteeism rate in primary schools and a low rate of student attendance in certain schools. Also, it causes a high dropout rate.

What is the commitment? The commitment consists of: - increase the budget allocated to the purchase of food for canteens, which will substantially increase the number of working days of school canteens in Côte d'Ivoire; - Advocate with citizen organizations, cooperative societies, foundations, development mutuals, local elected officials, groups mobilized around school canteens, the Federation of Parents' Associations, the Chamber of Kings and Traditional Chiefs with a view to increasing the food supply for school canteens; - Raise awareness among communities with local radio stations; 38 - Make inputs available to local producers against 1/3 of the production intended for supplying school canteens; - Involve local producers in supplying school canteens with food.

How will commitment contribute to solve the public problem? - The commitment will contribute to increasing the enrollment and attendance rate, girl-boy parity; - The school canteen will also promote students' access to school and their maintenance until the end of the primary cycle in accordance with the Compulsory Education Policy; - The commitment will help preserve the health of students by providing them with hot and balanced meals in school canteens.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? Engagement is relevant because it helps to: - improve the education service; - promote citizen participation. Local purchases from producers will improve their incomes and increase consumption of goods and services. Support to groups will allow women to have Income Generating Activities (IGA), to produce for fighting against hunger, for children to eat local dishes and to stimulate local development.

Additional information Current budget of the commitment - 1.9 billion for the 4,809 Government canteens; - 6.5 billion for the 613 canteens of the WFP. Estimated budget of the commitment - 6,031,961,470 FCFA for the Government for 40 days of operation (presented to the budget conference to the National Assembly and to the Senate) Links to other programs: - Pupils deworming, hand washing and environmental hygiene in canteens and actors with the PNSSU (National School and University Health Program) of the Ministry of Health; - Support for agricultural production by groups mobilized around school canteens with ANADER from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; - Construction of improved stoves to fight against deforestation with the Ministry of the Environment; - Sensitization of communities with local radio stations close to the Ministry of Security and the Interior. Link to the SDGs School feeding offering meals based on products from local agriculture helps increase the income of small producers, fight against poverty and stimulate a dynamic of local development (SDG1) School feeding through the distribution of healthy and balanced meals helps to eliminate midday hunger in canteen schools (SDG2). 39 By enabling children to eat well for better health, school feeding reduces nutritional deficiencies by providing balanced meals that include carbohydrates, fats, proteins and micronutrients (SDG3). It promotes the schooling of young children and their retention in the education system, in particular young girls (SDG4) while improving their academic performance. It promotes parity between girls and boys (SDG5). It improves the level of household income through the transfer effect of the food ration provided to the child (social safety net).

Important activity having a verifiable deliverable Start date End date Organize meetings with 30 cooperative societies and / or local businesses to educate them about bringing food to canteens February 2021 March 2021 Organize meetings with 03 Foundations to make them aware of the provision of food to canteens February 2021 March 2021 Organize a ceremony for the handing over of 30 agricultural equipment to agricultural groups mobilized around the canteens Early March 2021 End of March 2021 Organize meetings with 50 village chiefs, 50 village development mutuals, parents of students and communities April 2021 June 2021 Organize meetings with 10 local elected officials June 2021 July 2021 Acquire and distribute 6,700 tons of food in 4,809 canteens for 40 days of canteen operation March 2021 September 2021


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