In its twentieth edition, the Global Child Nutrition Forum approved a final statement with ten recommendations for participating countries. The set of recommendations calls for countries to take ownership of their school feeding programmes, working with partners to improve quality, ensure children and adolescents nutrition, and scaling-up.
The document recognizes the importance of political will, integration among various sectors, and nutrition-sensitive approaches to ensure school feeding programmes contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It also recognizes the role of school feeding programmes both in stable environments and humanitarian crisis contexts.
This is the list of recommendations of the 20th Global Child Nutrition Forum:
• Governments take ownership of national school feeding programmes and gradually provide sufficient and regular funds, from national budgets or other sources to reach all children and adolescents.
• Government and partners make deliberate efforts to promote local procurement to ensure school feeding serves as a market for smallholder farmers and for small food enterprises, benefiting local economies.
• Country-specific legal frameworks and comprehensive strategies for school feeding programmes are created and enabled.
• Context-specific food and nutrition education are integrated into all grade level curriculum including a focus on skill development and behaviour change.
• School feeding programmes have robust nation-led Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems that inform decision making and enhance quality and accountability.
• School feeding programmes be based on country national development plans and policies and strategies;
• Food served in school feeding programmes are diverse, nutritiously adequate, and meet quality standards.
• Micro-nutrient rich foods are integrated into programmes.
• Countries should map their achievements against their commitments on School Feeding annually and report at the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF).
• Countries complete the School Feeding Global Survey.
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