Healthy Meals in School: Policy innovations linking agriculture, food systems, and nutrition
Locally-sourced school feeding lies at an intersection of nutrition, agriculture, and social protection. The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN) published a report in November 2015 that focuses on country policy options to simultaneously improve local markets, livelihoods, child nutrition, education outcomes, and ultimately enhanced well-being over generations. The report notes that there are many challenges to effective implementation, including historical reliance on food aid, communication of mutual benefit among stakeholders (farmers, schools, families, etc.), local supply constraints, and complexity of scaling up. The report concludes with nine recommendations for policy makers to quickly understand and spur discussion on this topic.
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