Project profile — Providing Home-Grown Nutritious School Meals to Primary School Children


WFP - World Food Programme (41140)
2021-01-21 - 2023-08-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Sri Lanka (100.00%)


• Basic Education: School feeding (11250) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to provide nutritious and safe school meals to vulnerable primary school children in Sri Lanka. These meals are locally sourced and sustainable as a result of market linkages with local smallholder farmers, particularly women. Project activities include: (1) providing nutrition-sensitive home-gardening kits and training on climate-smart agriculture and financial management to women farmers; (2) creating market linkages between school meal suppliers and poultry farmers; (3) raising awareness of school principals, teachers and students on gender equality, nutrition and healthy diets; and (4) promoting healthy habits, such as hand washing, in schools. This project expects to directly benefit 1,700 women farmers and 170,000 primary grade school children in 10 districts in the North, East and North Central provinces.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved quality of school meals through local nutrient-dense foods, sourced from small-holder farmers, particularly women, and adherence to food safety standards; (2) increased consumption of nutritious and safe food among girl and boys; and (3) improved engagement of multi-sectoral stakeholders (national and sub-national governments) to scale-up the Home-Grown School Meals modality.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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