Students and farmers benefit from School Feeding Programmes
In 2009, a school feeding programme based on the National School Feeding Programme of Brazil was launched in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through inter-sectoral policy and legal mechanisms it developed actions for food and nutrition education, and encouraged purchases for the programmes to be made from local farming families. The project began with the collaboration of five countries, and today the number has grown to 14. In 2013, a study conducted in eight of the participating countries showed that the programmes not only promote school attendance and bolster the learning process, but also increase the income of the community’s farmers.
Merenda Escolar, Brasília, DF.