The Tunisia School Feeding Development Project started in December 2013, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between WFP and the Government of Tunisia. The Government requested WFP’s technical assistance to strengthen its ability to improve the quality and sustainability of the existing national school feeding programme, in line with the international school feeding standards outlined in WFP’s School Feeding Policy. In 2014, WFP provided technical assistance and policy advice around three main axes: a review of the existing programme, experience sharing, in particular through study visits, and the development of a Sustainable School Feeding Strategy.
An inter-ministerial School Feeding Steering Committee was established to coordinate the implementation of the project. It’s members include senior representatives of the ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs, Health, and Agriculture, and a representative from the WFP.
Building on successful cooperation, the government has requested that WFP continue to provide capacity development focused assistance in order to support the implementation of its national Sustainable School Feeding Strategy over a three years period starting in 2015. The goals of WFP’s continued support is to: increase the government’s capacity to manage an enhanced school meals programme by strengthening regulatory frameworks and tools; upgrade the current decentralized school feeding model in selected schools; and pilot new school feeding implementation modalities that are efficient, accountable, and support local development.