Nutrient-rich school meals

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Print date: 16 October 2023 19:25

Description of the innovative solution

Education - adult Education - youth Information/communication Local garden Healthy diet Food literacy Diet diversity Nutritious food Double-duty action

As economies develop and children eat more meals at school, meal programmes struggle to provide nutrient-rich foods that are affordable and desirable for local communities. There is a need to provide nutrient-rich foods in school meal programmes in order to maximize physical and intellectual development of youth. This innovation includes introducing and scaling up the provision of locally sourced nutrient-rich foods during school feeding programs. The use of small fish as a nutrient-rich animal sourced food is an option as fish provide a combination of essential nutrients not found in other foods. Nutrients could also be delivered in the form of a tasty nutrient-rich power drink, which is more acceptable to children, instead of fish as a meal ingredient.

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Educational, outreach and empowerment aspects

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Food quality Food affordability

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 4: Quality Education SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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FAO School Food and Nutrition Framework
Scientific paper
This document is the result of an extensive consultation process and describes the key
areas of work in school food and nutrition that represent FAO’s comparative advantage.
Impacts of school feeding on educational and health outcomes of school-age children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries
Scientific paper
This paper outcomes a protocol through a systematic review and meta-analysis to provide a crucial evidence base for the educational and health benefits of school feeding on children and adolescents in LMICs.

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