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Closing the knowledge gap: nutrition and education

Our interparliamentary dialogue held last month highlighted the importance of mothers having a good nutritional status and breastfeeding their children. There is a strong correlation between nutrition and education. In Uganda, for example, half of the kids go to school with an empty stomach, which impedes their ability to learn. We have seen the positive impact of school feeding campaigns in these cases. In Burkina Faso, the president has committed to provide every schoolchild one balanced meal a day.

Besides closing the knowledge gap, we discussed the need for behavioral change. Training families on how to feed children, how to breastfeed properly and how to detect early stages of malnutrition is crucial. This includes a more holistic food literacy training, so we can ensure all children have a good nutritional status.


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