The WFP in the Gambia is working on a strategy that the local schools should create their one contribution by creating and maintaining a schoolgarden. Kids can learn a lot by working in this garden.
As a next step the WFP together with the EU will look in facilitating the farmers in a region to produce more rice and peas so that food can be purchased locally by the WFP together with the governement in the future. A pilot will be planned for Q3 2012. This wil be part of the next step and it will change the governance structure and their operating model.
School feeding should became part of the normal way of doing in the Gambia, that means that als the Government has to take their responsability in recouring the SchoolFeeding. This is part of the 2012-2016 strategy of the WFP office in the Gambia.
It's my intention to follow and supporting that stragegy, not by focussing on funding schoolfeeding alone, but help the local office in the Gambia in their transition and implementation of the 2012-2016 stagegy by sharing knowledge and expierence as a logistic player in the market.
The WFP country director and the TNT fieldtrip team were publishing their partnership, the highligts of the fieldtrip and the future plans during a 30 minutes pressmeeting for newspaper and TV journalists.
The Benelux fieldtrip team and the representatives of the WFP Gambia office did allready exchange some ideas in what kind of support we can offer. We have to get more detail on their plans and the TNT capacity and resources available.
To be continued.