Building the #ZeroHunger Generation

My name is Elvis Cortés Hernández, and I’m from Mexico!

I’m a 5th grade student at the General Lázaro Cárdenas bilingual elementary school in the central state of Puebla. My country has one of the highest obesity rates in the world…that means a lot of people here are a bit chubby, which might sound cute but it’s not, it’s actually unhealthy. Chubby people think junk or high-fat food tastes yummier, but you know what? My favourite foods in my school cafeteria are carrots, broccoli and fruit.

Yes, that’s right – broccoli! That’s why I’m so healthy and can run around the school playground, where we also have a school garden and chicken farm. I help to tend the school garden, doing the sowing and harvesting with another 95 boys and girls. My geometry and maths teacher shows us how to grow food and tells us about the importance of nutrition, which helps us and our families to eat well. We had FAO’s guidance at the beginning, but the project has now been running at the school since 2011. I’m proud to be part of it, and to be healthy, too!