National framework for food security in schools - Swaziland
School feeding, also known as schools meals, have been part of the education system since pre-independence times. The school meals programme began as a pilot in 1963 in Mbabane ans Manzini witha grant from Save the Children Fund - UK with additional funds coming in 1965 from Oxfam UK. At this time parents had to pay for the food.
The schools feeding programme was re-introduced in the country in 2002 in response to the negative impact that HIV and AIDS, drought and resultant food insecurity were having on the quality of learning. These initial initiatives were unscheduled and financed by WFP and the Global Fund, with Government support being introduced in 2010 for primary schools. The management and monitoring systems have all along been following donor systems, and as such with different donors, came different requirements and quality standards for monitoring.
The framework provides a platform upon which schools can better integrate the various programmes that are meant to enhance food security and also improve on initiatives that are already on the ground. Additionally, the framework provides clear direction on management of resources used in food security activities including school meals, nutrition education and production of food in school.