WFP Activities

After 30 years of implementing a school feeding programme in Sao Tomé and Príncipe, WFP is preparing to transition its school feeding programme to the government under a new development project that began in 2012 and is scheduled to end with a complete handover to the government in 2016. This follows the establishment of a National School Feeding and Health Programme with WFP’s support in 2010 and the National Assembly’s approval of a school feeding and health policy in 2011.

The project will focus on building the Government’s capacity to  sucessfully manage a national school feeding programme while phasing the transfer of responsibilities for providing a daily hot meal to 43,200 school children from WFP’s school feeding programme. A timeline for the transition has been established in consultation with the Government with annual reviews of activities and milestones planned.

WFP has already established the basic conditions for the component’s implementation, including kitchens equipped with eco-stoves, storage at schools, Parent Teacher Associations, teacher monitoring and school gardens in many schools. The number of school children covered by WFP food assistance will decrease as these school children become absorbed into the government-run school feeding programme.

By providing daily hot meals to primary school students (1st to 6th grades), WFP contributes to promoting access to education, increasing enrolment rates, stabilizing attendance rates (currently 97%) and reducing drop-out rates of older students. The meals also help to enhance students’ ability to concentrate during class.

Under the capacity development and national ownership component, WFP will focus on three priority areas: 1. Funding and Budgeting— WFP will support the Ministry of Education to develop a resource mobilization strategy aimed at stable, multi-year funding. 2. Cost-effective programme design—WFP will provide technical assistance to explore the introduction of innovative modalities such as light meals (e.g. snacks and soups) and vouchers to schools for the local purchase of fruits, vegetables and fish. 3. Institutional arrangements for implementation monitoring and accountability — WFP will provide support to PNASE to identify resource and capacity gaps. In addition, WFP will provide trainings and support on procurement, logistics, food storage and M & E.

The strategic objectives of the project are to:

-Maintain the high level of access to education and human capital development in assisted schools and kindergartens;

-Strengthen the capacity of government ministries, particularly the National School Feeding and Health Programme (PNASE), in school feeding management, resource mobilization, M&E and other critical areas; and

-Transfer school feeding management responsibilities from WFP to PNASE and provide continued technical assistance over the five-year project period in order to lay the groundwork for a sustainable, nationally-owned school feeding programme. 




WFP Offices
Threats to food security
  • Insufficient food production
  • High dependency on imports
  • High dependency on external financial support
  • Poor infrastructure and low capacity to establish in-country food reserves
  • Lack of a deep-sea port
  • Small markets
  • Low income and salaries as well as a high unemployment rate
  • Weak agricultural and livestock production
  • Weak governmental social networks