Boosting nutrition through locally sourced foods
Building the evidence-base around nutrition
An initial step in providing support to HGSF programmes requires building the evidence base for improved nutrition to countries participating in the initiative. This includes demonstrating the benefits of good nutrition on learning, the food composition of current rations, and how those rations might be improved using crops that can be produced locally.
The work includes the following activities, to:
- Examine Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for school children from several western countries (US, Canada, UK) and African countries where they exist (e.g. South Africa).
- Prepare information on the benefit of certain nutrients for learning, based on existing studies.
- Develop the food composition of current food rations in the countries where HGSF is working and how the current rations meet the nutritional requirements of school children of different ages.
- Provide examples for improving nutritional quality by adding nutrient dense foods to current rations (i.e., how would including certain foods better meet the nutritional requirements of school children).
- Metrics of Sustainable Diets and Food Systems
- HGSF working paper series 3 ‘Developing rations for home grown school feeding’
- Operational guidance on menu planning
- State of School Feeding Worldwide
- Assessment of local production for School Feeding in Mali
- Assessment of local production for SF in Ghana, Kenya, Mali and Rwanda