COTONOU June 11th (XINHUA) – A Burundian delegation arrived in Cotonou on Wednesday afternoon to learn about the Beninese experience in school feeding, a check in Cotonou by XINHUA has revealed.
At the head of the delegation comprising several ministers, Mrs. Angéline Ndayishimiye, wife of Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye, stressed that in her country, “only 500,000 children have access to school canteens, i.e. a quarter of the total number”.
For her, that five-day working visit will allow her to assess the impact of school feeding on improving the quality of life of children and on the development of human capital.
Benin’s Minister of Planning and Development, Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, told her the benefits that his country’s Integrated National School Feeding Program (PNIS) brings to the schoolchildren who benefit from it.
He thus cited “the improvement of food security, the improvement of children’s nutrition, the promotion of sustainable agriculture and especially the improvement of the maintenance of children in school, which results in better school performances.
Through the PNIS, it is also to contribute particularly to the acceleration of progress towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular the second one which is the elimination of hunger in the world, Mr. Tchané revealed.