School Food and Nutrition


School feeding and possibilities for direct purchases from family farming in Latin America is a FAO contribution towards a better understanding of the subject of school feeding, strengthening the way it is addressed, and enabling the development of sustainable SFPs in the participating countries, considering their situation.

These lessons are meant for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their diets and eating habits. While oriented toward use in the classroom, the lessons can also be used by groups outside the classroom, such as youth groups or community or religious groups, and by individuals who want to learn on their own.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, or 63%, were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), principally ca rdiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases (WHO, 2011a). Nearly 80% of these deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries. Deaths from NCDs are projected to continue to rise worldwide, with the greatest increases expected in low- and middle-income regions.

School-age children need a good diet in order to develop and grow well, to study, to be protected from disease, and to have the energy to get through the day.

Some of today's biggest crisis points are nutrition, the environment, livelihoods and education. In all these areas, school gardens are making a proven contribution to children's wellbeing, understanding and life prospects. FAO's manual Setting up and running a school garden helps schools, governments and NGOs to establish gardens and to make them successful.

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