School Agro-Business for Student Meals and Nutrition

16/06/2021

In support of the school-based feeding programme at Vainona High, SCOPE Zimbabwe are campaigning for the procurement of a 1000 capacity egg incubator.

Vainona High school is located in Harare, Zimbabwe. The school has 600 learners, majority of whom come from predominantly low income families. Most parents find it difficult to provide their children with enough meals for each day. This has negatively affected school attendance and learner performance as most learners find it difficult to learn with empty stomachs.

Helping those in need

As part of the solution SCOPE Zimbabwe launched a green school for nutrition enhancement project, which aimed at building the capacity of schools to grow a diversified range of foods that are rich in micronutrients in support of the Government led school feeding programme. Among other activities, SCOPE Zimbabwe provided 10 free range chickens as seed, for the supply of animal protein. The chickens have multiplied to approximately 200 birds

As a result, the school wants to further multiply the chickens so that they can enable continuous supply of animal protein from the chickens and eggs. Furthermore, generate income to support the other needs of the learners. To achieve these goals, Vainona would like to procure a 1000 egg incubator that will support hatchery services leading to increased number of chickens produced monthly for selling and consumption by learners. In addition, generate income by offering hatchery services to the local community.

"The whole learning process taught me that it is actually possible to get the voices of those we represent amplified and out there" - Linda Kabaira, National Coordinator of SCOPE.

The initiative builds on to an existing green schools for nutrition enhancement initiative implemented by SCOPE Zimbabwe countrywide aimed at improving the capacity of schools to become excellent centres of learning and advocacy for communities to adapt to the effects of climate change, land use management and improve food and nutrition diversification and income sources. It also seeks to empower young people to advocate with local leaders, to come up with environmentally resilient policies and budgets.

This campaign is part of the Institute for Sustainable Food's Make it Grow project. SCOPE co-created the video after taking part in the participatory video course run online by our project.

To donate to this specific project, please visit: Vainona High healthy school meals and nutrition campaign by Zimbabwe Institute of Permaculture - SCOPE Zimbabwe | GivenGain