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Haiti - PARSA Project : Feed 100,000 students daily with local products
30/11/2023 09:03:16

Haiti - PARSA Project : Feed 100,000 students daily with local products
Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, the World Bank and the World Food Program (WFP), launched the school feeding component of the Resilient Agriculture Project for Food Security (PARSA).

This project implemented by the World Food Program will affect five departments namely: South, Grande Anse, Nippes, Center and North West and will provide hot meals daily to a total of 100,000 students.

Financed by the World Bank during the year 2022 with an amount of 102 million dollars, PARSA benefited at the beginning of 2023 from additional financing of 50 million https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-38819-haiti-agriculture-$50m-de-la-banque-mondiale-pour-ameliorer-les-systemes-de-production-alimentaire.html with a view to strengthening access and availability of food particularly in schools, in a context marked by persistent food and nutritional crises for around ten years.

The project aims not only to feed the students but also to encourage and strengthen local production, thereby as underlined by the representative of the World Bank in Haiti, Laurent Msellati who, after a field visit in the South, reports having noted an interest among citizens to stay in communities and respond to demands instead of seeking to migrate to large cities.

Jean Martin Bauer, the Representative of the PAM sees in PARSA, a break in a country too accustomed to importation, recalling that the PAM "aligns with the objective of the Haitian government to move to 100% local content in school canteens by 2030, in accordance with the National School Feeding Policy and Strategy, adopted in 2016" From his point of view, "PARSA is an excellent example of synergy between agriculture and education” not without recalling the agricultural, economic and social benefits of local supplies for school canteens.

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