04/09/2017

UN program helps countries to meet nutrition goals

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On April 1, 2016, in New York, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly established 2016 to 2025 as the Decade of Action on Nutrition. This measure recognizes the need to end hunger and prevent malnutrition in the world.

Early in the second half of 2017, the UN launched a work program with recommendations on global goals for fighting hunger and malnutrition. Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the publication is aimed at facilitating concrete initiatives and the resulting implementation of commitments undertaken by countries.

To do this, there are six priority areas of action:

  • Resilient and sustainable systems for healthy diets;
  • Health systems with universal coverage of essential actions on nutrition;
  • Social protection and nutrition education;
  • Trade and investments to improve nutrition;
  • Healthy and supportive environments for nutrition at every age;
  • Stronger governance and accountability for nutrition.

The publication also recommends that countries adopt SMART goals, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound,

Nutrition at IP Institute – In the city of Três Lagoas (MS), the Nature and Body project, coordinated by International Paper Institute, instills environmental awareness, within the concept of food sustainability and healthy eating.

When it began in 2013, the project brought back habits from past generations, such as the use of teas and infusions from plants with “therapeutic” properties. In 2015, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools began working to grow vegetables in collective gardens set up on the grounds of the schools.

Now, in 2017, the idea is to continue growing food, expanding the possibilities within the gardens at each school. The experience has been a success, so much so that students already reaped their first harvest in August.

 

 

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