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Good practices in School Feeding Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean









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    Tasty and waste-free food – The alternative to improve the use of public resources in School Feeding Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Case studies in three countries
    2021
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    The inclusion of gastronomy in the School Feeding Programs (PAE) of Latin America and the The Caribbean is a way of strengthening these programs, by improving their efficiency through increase in acceptance and intake in menus and decrease in food waste. In this context and with the objective of guiding the countries of the region in the inclusion of gastronomy in their own PAE, this publication presents three case studies in Chile, Colombia and Guatemala. Taking into account the current COVID-19 pandemic context, this publication also includes a food safety guide intended to be applied in the different modalities of the SAPs as long as schools are back to normal. The guide is divided into three sections: 1) Planning the reopening, 2) Implementation of good practices that guarantee the application of the principles of food safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and 3) Monitoring actions and follow-up during reopening. These guidelines are a compilation of the evidence so far available that will serve as support in this great task of continuing with the vital delivery of food to the students.
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    Institutionalizing Farmer Field School approach: experiences from Latin America 2018
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    The Farmer Field School (FFS) is a group-based experiential learning approach first developed by FAO 25 years ago in Southeast Asia rice paddies for training farmers to apply the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Since then, its use extended successfully including multiple crops, aspects of crop management beyond IPM and encompassing non-field activities related to farm enterprise development and marketing and other sectors as nutrition, climate change and health care. Against this background of increased expansion, the need of institutionalizing FFS emerged to increase its impact and unlock its potential in the long run and ensure sustainability while maintaining flexibility in its implementation and preserving quality and relevance of FFS activities. This report summarizes the results of the FAO study on Experiences from Latin American countries on institutionalization of FFS. It aims to present the common features of the institutionalization process in Latin America delving into the experiences of Peru, Bolivia, Honduras and Costa Rica. FFS has been instrumental in achieving FAO’s strategic objective 2 on improving sustainable agricultural intensification, reducing poverty and building resilience.
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    PAA Africa’s contributions to the National School Feeding Programme in Mozambique 2018
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    The endorsement of the National School Feeding Programme (Projecto de Alimentação Escolar—PRONAE) by the Mozambican Council of Ministers in 2013 represented a key stage in the institutionalization of school feeding and local food purchases in the country’s education system. This publication presents analysis on the divide between policy change and effective implementation. An FAO project, the Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa), is assessed regarding its demonstrative effect and contributions to enlarge the knowledge basis for translating policy change in effective purchases of food from smallholders for a diversified food basket at schools. The need for a regulatory framework better suited to purchasing from small farmers and to promote and ensure food safety, the coordination with agricultural services, and a dedicated budget are pointed out, among others, as necessary to translate the PRONAE's goals in effective implementation.

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