About the programme

The Home Grown School Feeding Concept

The Nigerian Home Grown School Feeding (NHGSF) program termed the National Home Grown School Feeding program aims to deliver a government-led, costeffective school feeding programme using food that is locally grown by small holder farmers. Children benefit from a hot nutritious balanced school meal which reduces hunger and improves education outcomes; farmers also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities. Benefit includes: New catering, processing and food handling jobs. It brings a multiplier effect that will spur economic activities.


A sustainable school feeding programme that will establish a safety net for the poor and eradicate malnutrition in school age children while stimulating the national economy.


The provision of a free meal a day to pupils in public primary schools in Nigeria by working constructively with stakeholders to ensure a sustainable implementation of the programme.

Objectives of the National Home Grown School Meal Program (NHGSFP)


The program aims to improve the enrolment of primary school children in Nigeria and reduce the current dropout rates from primary school which is estimated at 30%.


The program aims to address the poor nutrition and health status of many children who have been affected as a result of poverty this has affected the learning outcomes of the children.


Linking the programme to local agricultural production has direct economic benefits and can potentially benefit the entire community as well as the children. The program aims to stimulate local agricultural production and boost the income of farmers by creating a viable and ready market via the school feeding programme .


The program aims to creates jobs along the value chain and provides a multiplier effect for economic growth and development.


The HGSF PROGRAMME provides opportunities to assist vulnerable families feed their children while providing an incentive to send them to school. A key deliverable of this PROGRAMMEme is the support to States in designing and implementing State-specific, national owned and locally resourced school feeding PROGRAMME.


  1. Improve school enrolment and completion
  2. Improve child nutrition and health
  3. Increasing local agricultural productions
  4. Creating jobs and improving family and state economy

Multiplier effect for economic growth

As a result of poverty many children have poor nutrition and health status, which affects learning outcomes the PROGRAMME aims to address this. This will not only increase production, but it provides a structured demand for agricultural produce.


The coordination of the school feeding PROGRAMME is multisectorial, with relevant stakeholders ministries collaborating in PROGRAMMEme implementation. The mix of these ministries is what makes up the National Home Grown School Feeding team. The ministries involved are:
  • Federal Ministry of Education
  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture
  • Federal Ministry of Health
  • Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning
  • Federal Ministry of Justice
Other supporting ministries are Ministry of women affairs and Ministries Trade and Commerce. We have stakeholders who form part of the Monitoring and Evaluation process, these are:
  • Parents
  • School Board Management Committee SBMC
  • Community Leaders
  • Women Group and Health workers