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Qali Warma National School Nutrition Program

Member country: Peru
Implementing Institution: Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion
Topics: Food Security
Target population: Children
Area of Influence: National
Project duration: Mar, 2013 to Dec, 2015
Project status: Design


General Objectives:

The program needs to ensure quality food service to children attending public schools from their earliest enrollment, beginning at 3 years of age, and at the primary education level. This will help improve services and strengthen the fundamental right to an education which the state must guarantee. At the same time, the program promotes healthy eating habits and the diversity and appreciation of regional heritage; builds capacity among all stakeholders (organized community education, private sector, and local governments, to name a few); and encourages participation and co-management with the community.

Specific objectives:

  1. To provide beneficiaries with quality nutrition throughout the school year based on their living situation and other factors.
  2. To improve beneficiaries’ attention spans in class, encouraging their attendance and retention.
  3. To promote better eating habits among the program’s beneficiaries.

Achievements:

  • Diversification of the available food supply, based on beneficiaries’ eating patterns and taking advantage of local food production and regional food heritage.
  • Validation of the program’s recipes through age-adjusted food portion tables, changes to ensure adequate nutrition, and adjustment of portion costs.
  • Diet planning that will turn into Qali Warma recipes for program beneficiaries.

Additional Involvement:

  • Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG)
  • Ministry of Education (MINEDU)
  • National Food and Nutrition Center
  • Supporters (World Bank, FAO, World Food Program, GIZ)
  • Partner institutions have also been involved in validating the proposed guidelines (Institute of Nutritional Investigation)