Baringo County has unveiled an Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) policy in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP).
The programme is aimed at providing meals to 52,000 children in over 1045 centres in the county.
The feeding programme which will be rolled out in a pilot basis will enable children learning in the ECDE centers to be served with a midday lunch.
This will enable them undertake their studies and reduce cases of absenteeism due to lack of food.
Speaking during the event at Marigat Sub County Offices, recently, Governor Stanley Kiptis said the initiative will provide ready market for small holder farmers in the county who will supply their produce to the county government in order to feed the children.
“We are going to start off with over 6,000 children in 144 selected ECDE centres Onwards, we wil roll out the programme progressively until it benefits all children at that level,” Kiptis said.
He encouraged parents and other stakeholders to team up to ensure their children are well nourished and healthy for them to optimize their potential in learning and development.
Kiptis who also launched distribution of assorted farm equipment’s to youth and women in agribusiness said that the vast county is targeting to ensure resilience and improved food security for its residents.
He appreciated WFP and other development partners for supporting them in various projects that directly benefiting the people at the grassroots.
“As at now we have identified and supported 4,500 vulnerable houses as well as providing tools of trade to 154 village working groups to carry out projects that will improve their livelihoods,’ he said.
On her part, WFP Country Head of Capacity Strengthening Mari Hassinen insisted on mutual partnership with the county government to ensure that the livelihoods of the people are improved.
Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis inspects part of the assorted items the county government procured with the support of WFP procured to support Women and Youth groups. PHOTO/Benson Kelio.