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Establishing the Foundation for a Nationally Owned Sustainable School Feeding Programme (The Gambia)

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The Gambia, a least-developed and low-income, food-deficit country ranking 168th of 187 countries in the human development index, has steadily improved net school enrolment and completion rates over the past two decades and has achieved gender parity in education. However, many children still lack access to formal education. A recent government performance assessment shows that school meals contribute to improved education results and provide a safety net for populations copingwith recurring shocks, both natural and related to food prices.

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