Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The power of school cafeterias in climate action

More than a livelihood, school meals are unsung heroes that strengthen communities in the face of climate-induced challenges. They help boys and girls in conflict regions, in climate disasters and in unstable contexts. It is through this lens that we recognize the profound role of school meals not only in fighting hunger, but in actively building resilience against the challenges posed by rapid climate change.

The World Food Program (WFP) reports a surprising return on investment, says Every dollar invested in school meals produces up to $9 in economic benefits. These meals, offered in schools around the world, are a critical source of nutrition for millions of children, affecting individual health and promoting the long-term prosperity of communities and countries.

Although nutrition is important, the combination of climate stability andSchool meal programs recognize the challenges posed by a changing climate. This approach ensures that children receive sustainable nutrition.

Engaging in commitments around school meals is not just about alleviating hunger; is to strengthen against the effects of climate change

Research by the School Lunch Coalition highlights the importance of government policy changes to create nutritious, sustainable school meals from sustainable agriculture. Their findings highlight the need for systemic changes and collaboration across the school food system to achieve healthier, more sustainable food. To encourage innovation and sustainability throughout the food system and reduce food waste, the “from fork to farm», which starts from the food and goes back to the farmer, guaranteeing local methods of supply. WFP has launched its own 10-year school feeding strategy (2020-2030), which calls for more research, intervention and design to develop a climate-sensitive approach to school feeding.

Community and regional impact

Debates about climate resilience not only affect individual programs, but have a broader impact on communities and regions. These strong school food models serve to influence sustainable food system practices in the wider community.of local farmers and companies.

Engaging in commitments around school meals is not just about alleviating hunger; is to strengthen communities against the effects of climate change. It’s about protecting sustainable and local food supplies, reducing waste and investing in the health and education of children and their families. World Vision and the many signatories of the Civil Society Call to Action are committed to supporting governments in the implementation of school meal programs through collective advocacy, technical assistance, capacity sharing and building partnerships.

As we strive to build a stronger and more sustainable world, let’s recognize the important role of school meals. fighting hunger, improving nutrition and strengthening communities against the challenges of a changing climate. It is time to give this important piece the attention it deserves in global climate debates.

Amanda Rives Argeñal is the Senior Director of External Engagement and Resource Development of World Vision’s Disaster Management team and Charlotte Masiello-Riome is the Senior Advisor of Communications and External Engagement of World Vision.

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