Research for Policy Action

The Home-Grown School Feeding Programme: A Case Study of Kano State. What can we learn for Public Policy Reform?

In 2016 Nigeria re-launched a national Home-Grow School Feeding (HGSF) programme to address the 40% of all school children that go to school hungry and incentivize participation from the over 10 million out-of-school children. By August 2017, 14 states had begun the national HGSF programme. Across the states the programme is driven by different motivations and there is no uniform method of implementation, monitoring or evaluation. This case study examines both the national HGSF programme, initiated by the federal government and the existing school feeding programme designed and implemented by Kano state government. It aims to understand the extent to which the programme is being implemented and the institutional and political factors shaping this process. The study looks at the existing Kano State school feeding programme, the steps taken so far to commence the HGSF programme in Kano where the Kano State Community Reorientation Council (CRC) reporting to the State Governor’s office is solely responsible for monitoring and reporting on programme spend and implementation. This case study explores some of the complications involved with how the National HGSF programme translates into action at the state level, exploring issues such as accountability, finance and quality. It explores how these federal-state relationships are playing out in the roll-out of the national programme and lessons to learn and take forward to future key policy reforms which cut across different levels of Nigerian government.

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Kano State Government, Home Grown School Feeding, Kano State Community Reorientation Council,

Focus Area(s): Home Grown School Feeding

Country of Reform: Nigeria

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