Nutritional Feeding

Nutritional Feeding

JAM continues to witness African communities being decimated by hunger and malnutrition, as a result of abject poverty that afflicts millions of people on the continent. Hunger and malnutrition are also the main cause of child deaths and presents a major barrier to these children gaining an education.

JAM was created in response to a devastating famine caused by a civil war that placed nearly four million Mozambicans at risk of starvation in 1984. Thirty years later, our intervention has expanded to not only provide immediate hunger relief to millions of African people but to also roll out innovative interventions that promote education, social and economic development.

Malnutrition kills more African children than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. Our school feeding programmes are focused on young children – enabling us to improve the wellbeing of each child while encouraging greater school attendance and education.

Programme Objectives

  • Save lives
  • Promote education
  • Develop communities
  • Create value chains


In 1991, JAM was requested by the Angolan government to provide emergency nutritional relief in the country. We have remained in the country ever since and our Nutritional School Feeding Programme provides a nutritious meal to over 300, 000 children. An exciting development in 2014, has been the willingness of municipalities within Benguela and Kwanza-Sul provinces to fund and share the cost of implementing our school feeding programme in several municipalities for 87,000 children.


Ever since JAM’s founder, Peter Pretorius, was stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique in 1984, and witnessed up to 30 people dying daily of starvation, JAM has supplied millions of meals to children. Our programme is currently concentrated in the central province of Inhambane and headquartered at our Pambarra Life Centre (PLC) farm. At the farm, JAM is pioneering a Homegrown School Feeding (HGSF) Programme. Through (HGSF), JAM is producing the ingredients needed for its proven super cereal, a fortified Corn, Soya Blended (CSB) dry porridge to feed thousands and thousands of children in a sustainable manner.

South Sudan

In 2001, JAM began operations in what is now known as South Sudan, in the isolated community of Boma in Jonglei State. In 2009, after years of developing the capacity, skills and infrastructure needed to effectively operate in what is the world’s youngest nation, JAM partnered with the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) – the world’s largest and oldest NGO fighting hunger. JAM Implements four programmes in the country: Food For Education (FFE), Food For Assets (FFA), General Food Distribution (GFD) and Blanket Supplementary Feeding (BSF).

Sierra Leone

JAM has partnered with the Government of Sierra Leone through a series of engagements and consultations throughout 2018 leading to the implementation of the JAM School Feeding Pilot programme in November 2018.

Broadly this partnership will be anchored upon the JAM F.E.E.D model “Farm, Empower, Enhance, Distribute”. F.E.E.D is a model developed through years of agriculture development implementation in Mozambique. The JAM FEED model aligns directly to GoSL’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP) objective and will be implemented in phases. JAM is developing a holistic and sustainable model that promotes local food production, procurement, processing, and distribution, which is anchored on the active participation of entrepreneurial farmers in the local agricultural value chains.