How school food and nutrition activities can promote lifelong healthy eating habits

School feeding and school food and nutrition programmes are currently gaining visibility and being implemented in Africa.

There is global consensus recognizing child nutrition as an essential element to improve not only the health and well-being of children around the world, but also the social and economic development of communities and countries. Schools play a central role in this process, providing the knowledge that new generations will require in order to become active members of society. They also have the potential to become powerful platforms for mainstreaming nutrition while promoting lifelong healthy eating habits.

In line with UN agencies and the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), governments have committed to improve the nutritional status of children starting at an early age. Africa’s leadership through the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) previously agreed that the education, health and nutrition of young children and the leaders of tomorrow must be a priority.

The FAO’s FSN platform has therefore undergone an online discussion (15.07.2015 - 05.08.2015) on the topic, aiming at sharing experiences and views on the features of these programmes and on how to scale them up and strengthen their impacts in the long term.

View the entire article and further information on the FSN Forum in West Africa.

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