Home-Grown School Feeding Resource Framework

Published by
World Food Programme (WFP)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Humanitarian Sectors - Nutrition
Humanitarian Sectors - Food Security

Many governments are increasingly sourcing food for school feeding locally from smallholder farmers in a bid to boost local agriculture, strengthen local food systems and move people out of poverty. This so-called home-grown school feeding (HGSF) effectively augments the impact of regular school feeding programmes with increased food production and diversification as well as providing economic benefits for local communities. 

The Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) Resource Framework is aimed at fostering the development of a community of practice, to support replication, adaptation and expansion of successful HGSF models. The framework was developed for use by programme practitioners, policy-makers, development partners and governments, as well as civil society and community-based organizations and the private sector.

This resource framework is intended as a guidance tool for the design, implementation and monitoring of home-grown school feeding programmes. It aims to utilize the potential of school feeding in alleviating rural poverty by supporting the development of HGSF. 

The main goals of the HGSF Resource Framework are to:

  • clarify the key concepts, scope and goals of  GCSF programmes;
  • harmonise existing guidance materials; and 
  • provide technical reference for programme planners to design, implement and scale up effective, efficient and sustainable HGSF programmes.