School Nutrition Brief

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Schools provide strategic and targeted pathways for delivering nutrition interventions to children and, indirectly, to their families and communities. A 3-year action research project (Phase 1) funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from 2012 to 2015 developed and tested an integrated nutrition model of gardening, supplementary feeding and nutrition education, for schoolchildren in Cavite province in the Philippines. Results showed that supplementary feeding of malnourished schoolchildren using iron-fortified rice and indigenous vegetables from school gardens significantly improved their nutritional status. Enhanced knowledge, attitude and practices on gardening and nutrition were recorded among parents. The project tested and successfully sustained biointensive nutrition gardens and crop museums that aimed to retrieve and conserve crop cultivars while improving year-round availability of a diverse range of climate-resilient, locally adapted, and nutritionally important vegetables.

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