Friday, April 12, 2024

How WFP’s home-grown school feeding takes nutrition to rural areas in Ecuador

Last year, WFP, in coordination with the Government of Ecuador, launched a home-grown school meals programme to target rural areas with high levels of malnutrition and poverty. The programme focuses on students in the early childhood and primary school stages of their schooling. The home-grown element means schools in rural areas can buy fresh foods from local farmers. It allows children to eat nutritious meals cooked with ingredients procured locally, giving farmers a reliable source of income. “In just two months, we’ve seen remarkable changes,” says Solano of the initiative. “Children who were once regularly ill are now thriving, and their academic performance has improved.” This year, WFP aims to increase meal provision from 1,000 to 30,000 children across... Read More