The Mozambique School Lunch Initiative addresses the intertwined problems of child malnutrition and poor school participation. In Mozambique, almost half of children are chronically malnourished. When children grow up hungry, not only does this take a physical toll, it also affects their ability to participate in school. In Mozambique, 60 percent of children drop out of school by grade 5 and many more struggle with regular attendance (up to 60 percent truancy rates) due to hunger.
The Mozambique School Lunch Initiative (MSLI) invests in community-owned school lunch programs, providing nutritious meals and stimulating local agricultural development. Our program invests in training and improved inputs (like seeds and small-scale irrigation equipment) for local farmers to increase their production. This creates a local supply chain that can support the school lunch program's needs while also benefiting farmers and tackling the root challenges of hunger and malnutrition.
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The Mozambique School Lunch Initiative is led by co-founders Roberto Mutisse (Mozambique) and Cara Myers (United States) who met in 2013 while working for Samaritan's Purse in Mozambique. Roberto has deep understanding of the local context, having grown up in the communities where we work and becoming a professor at the university in Chokwe, Mozambique. Cara has a masters from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has worked for other organizations in Mozambique including the World Bank.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN