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The School food and nutrition - Global action plan seeks to consolidate and guide FAO’s synergistic efforts, setting out priority and concrete outputs to be achieved by 2026. Key activities are presented in the plan and organized according to the following action areas: 1. promote the uptake of and investment in holistic approaches to school food and nutrition (SFN); 2. enhance capacities to design, implement and monitor effective SFN interventions; 3. strengthen policy and legal frameworks that enable SFN implementation; and 4. mobilize resources for ensuring regular and better support to countries. These have been prioritized based on identified gaps and needs, and considering the Organization’s technical competence and organizational comparative advantage. Such activities are meant to be adapted, contextualized and implemented according to regional and national priorities.

Nutrition guidelines and standards for school food programmes can improve the quality, quantity and adequacy of foods and meals available in schools. However, setting these can be an intensive process and not all countries have the information, time or resources to do it.

The project “Nutrition guidelines and standards for safeguarding schoolchildren and adolescents’ right to food” aims to develop a global methodology to design nutrition guidelines and standards for school food, which will initially be piloted in Cambodia and Ghana at subnational level. Additional tools and measures will also be developed to complement the nutrition guidelines and standards, thus enhancing their impact, ensuring their effectiveness and facilitating their integration in national policy and legal frameworks.

Sustainable Public Food Procurement (PFP) represents a key game changer for food systems transformation. It can influence both food consumption and food production patterns. It can deliver multiple social, economic, and environmental benefits towards sustainable food systems for healthy diets.

This publication aims to contribute to the improved understanding, dissemination, and use of PFP as a development tool in particular in the case of school meals programmes.

In Volume 1, researchers, policymakers, and development partners can find evidence on how PFP can be used as a development tool and deliver multiple benefits for multiple beneficiaries. It argues that PFP can provide a market for local and smallholder farmers, promote the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, and improve the nutrition and health of children and communities.

Volume 2 of this publication, available at https://doi.org/10.4060/cb7969en presents further analysis of the instruments, enablers and barriers for PFP implementation. It also provides case studies with local, regional and national experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.

Sustainable Public Food Procurement (PFP) represents a key game changer for food systems transformation. It can influence both food consumption and food production patterns. It can deliver multiple social, economic, and environmental benefits towards sustainable food systems for healthy diets.

This publication aims to contribute to the improved understanding, dissemination, and use of PFP as a development tool in particular in the case of school meals programmes. In this Volume 2, researchers, policymakers, and development partners can find extensive evidence of the instruments, enablers, and barriers for PFP implementation. It also provides case studies with local, regional, and national experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

Volume 1 of this publication, available at https://doi.org/10.4060/cb7960en, presents further analysis on how PFP can be used as a development tool and deliver multiple benefits for multiple beneficiaries. It argues that PFP can provide a market for local and smallholder farmers, promote the conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, and improve the nutrition and health of children and communities.

FAO ha desarrollado una herramienta para realizar un análisis de capacidades en educación alimentaria y nutricional para las escuelas, que permita identificar los principales desafíos para que la EAN se realice de manera eficaz. Esta herramienta permite facilitar a los países dónde se aplica, una ruta estratégica de acciones priorizadas para llevar a cabo esfuerzos en materia de EAN de una manera efectiva y sostenible,y que responda a la institucionalidad del país. En este contexto desde la Iniciativa regional 1 de FAO en ALC: Sistemas alimentarios sostenibles a fin de proporcionar dietas saludables para todos, quiere desarrollar esta herramienta en distintos países de la región de forma que los tomadores de decisiones tengan un análisis de capacidades en EAN para los CE y puedan desarrollar planes, estreatgías políticas adecuadas a las circunstancias. El primer país en el que se desarrolló este proceso fue en República Dominicana donde a pesar de realizar el estudio durante la época de la pandemis hubo mucha aceptación y participación de los distintos actores convocados.

Se identifica como fortaleza del estudio que recoge los grandes aprendizajes, los aportes, opiniones y principales limitaciones, y soluciones priorizadas para abordar la EAN. El objetivo de este documento es servir como herramienta para orientar acciones en EAN en sintonía con el contexto y la realidad de Repúiblica Dominicana, y que pueda ha servido de ejemplo para ser replicable en otros países de la región. De esta forma, a través del estudio se apoya el el avance del cumplimiento del ODS 2 y asegurar una alimentación saludable de los niños y niñas de la subregión, garantizando una vida sana, próspera e inclusiva social y productivamente a través de la educación.

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