We support children with hot nutritious food, so they can learn well and grow healthy. We believe that by this we will support sustainable future not only for our children but for the future generations as a whole.
CHANGE MEALS. CHANGE LIVES.
WE DEVELOP SCIENCE-BASED BALANCED DIETS
WE DEVELOP NATIONAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES
WE CARRY OUT COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
WE IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE SCHOOL FEEDING MODELS
WE BUILD CAPACITY AND TRAIN PERSONNEL FOR SCHOOL MEALS ORGANIZATION
WE RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE PRINCIPLES OF PROPER NUTRITION
Effective solutions to improve food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations
Our actions are our future – Healthy diets for all! The Healthy Food Festival was carried out in Tajikistan
On Saturday, October 12, in the historic city of Hisor UN WFP, UN FAO and SIFI organized the Healthy Food Festival to mark the World Food Day.
That day the city of Gissar in Tajikistan became a center of attraction for all who are not indifferent to the topic of proper nutrition.
Children and their parents, students and schoolchildren, international organizations and representatives of local authorities all came together at the Healthy Food Festival to mark one of the most popular holidays on the UN calendar - World Food Day.
The holiday turned out to be large-scale. On the territory of the City Park of Culture was the Healthy Nutrition Fair, where local producers and farmers presented the their natural products.
After making sure of the variety of delicious and natural local products, the gueasts could go to culinary master classes and learn how to use these products with benefit for health: to prepare healthy and nutritious snacks or main dishes. Many of them were from traditional Tajik cuisine, but specially adapted for healthy eating.
Young participants received a lot of positive emotions, gifts, photos with the symbols of the Festival, and most importantly - knowledge on the topic of a healthy lifestyle from an interactive perfomance, thematic games and workshops.
We believe that holding such holidays is very important! And the main thing here is not entertainment and gifts. The meaning of such festivals is much deeper - to educate adults and children on healthy nutrition. To prove that eating right from childhood is simple, and most importantly useful. That it does not need a lot of money - healthy natural products are available to everyone. And the right eating habits should be formed from childhood, since they directly affect the future of the child, his health, growth and proper development.
SIFI took part in the Nutrition Forum at the IX Congress of CIS Pediatricians in Tajikistan
On October 10-11, the IX Congress of CIS Pediatricians "Сhildren's health formation in modern healthcare conditions" was held at the National Library in Dushanbe.
Under the Congress the III Nutrition Forum also was held: "Nutrition as part of the implementation of the National Development Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan for the period until 2030".
Participants (UN FAO, UN WFP and SIFI) highlighted current nutrition issues of mothers and children in Tajikistan and shared best practices on children's health and proper nutrition.
An additional session was dedicated to the School Meals Programme in Tajikistan. Suhrob Babadjanov (SIFI) spoke about the implementation of the Programme in 50 pilot schools.
On September 13 in Tajikistan the work of all pilot schools was officially launched. In all these schools, the catering units are renovated and equipped with the necessary equipment and furniture. The staff of the school canteen was trained in the main areas and requirements of the organization of school meals. Also, SIFI experts have developed new school menus and the School Meals Recipe Book, thanks to which primary school students now receive tasty, varied and balanced meals.
The Recipe Book in Kyrgyzstan - more than just a manual for school cooks
On October 10, together with WFP, we presented the Recipe Book for school meals in Kyrgyzstan - a unique collection of specially designed recipes for making balanced and varied diet for primary school students.
The book serves as an important tool for the Programme on school meals optimization, which provides hot meals to about 200,000 young students in nearly 640 pilot schools in Kyrgyzstan thanks to financial support from the Russian Federation.
However, its purpose is much wider than just feeding schoolchildren tasty and healthy food: "One of the advantages of the Programme is that the children began to skip school less. Believe me, not all students eat breakfast at home. There are children from low-income families. They do not have the ability to eat varied food. If the school organize hot meals, then there is a greater chance that such a child will not miss school. He will have motivation to go there every day. In addition, in the classroom, the child will not think what to eat. He will be full and pay more attention to the clsses. Therefore, attendance will increase," said Pavel Popov, headmaster of the Oryol Secondary School No. 1.
Of course, the quality of education is improving not only by increasing attendance. A balanced and varied diet helps to improve the child's brain activity. And the Deputy Minister of Health Erkin Checheybaev confirmed that: "Not only physical, but also mental health depends on how well the child eats."
"When children receive high-quality nutrition at home and at school, this creates the basis for the proper development of cognitive skills," Nadira Dzhusupbekova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, agrees with Erkin Checheybaev.
She also added that the School Meals Programme helps to improve the conditions for teaching children: "Canteens with modern equipment that meet hygiene standards, as well as cold and hot water appear in schools, jobs are created, and already working cooks and their assistants can improve skills on trainings".
Ainagul Ablasova, the grandmother of two school students, where the the Programme on school meals optimization is already being implemented, shared her opinion: "I monitor the nutrition of grandchildren in an educational institution. I am glad that every year it is getting better. After all, there was a time when schoolchildren were given three sweets and a gingerbread. "
Well-organized, balanced, nutritious and tasty hot meals benefit everyone who receives it. According to Andrea Bagnoli, WFP Country Director for the Kyrgyz Republic: "The School Meals Programme allows to invest in students, helping to achieve the best learning outcomes. And the Recipe Book for school meals was another step in improving the health and well-being of younger students, the most important "ingredient" for the future of the country".
This time in Kyrgyzstan: WFP presents the Recipe Book for school meals
On October 10, 2019 in Bishkek, WFP will present a Recipe Book for school meals developed jointly with SIFI.
Why are we creating Recipe Books?
We want the children in the school canteen to eat everything to the last crumbs, so that the food was a joy to them, so that they would not just come out of the table full, but in a good mood after a tasty, at the same time and healthy lunch.
What is needed for this? The hand of the master — in our case, the school cook — and a reliable tool to help him is a Recipe Book from which he can draw inspiration and prepare a variety of balanced dishes. Desirable — every day new!
Kyrgyz cuisine is distinguished by originality and national identity. Therefore, the authors involved school cooks and parents to create the Book. Together they compiled a list of dishes of national cuisine that were familiar and loved by children, which we included in the Book, adapting them for use in school meals.
The Book contains not only recipes. There is plenty of relevant information on the rules and tips on organizing school meals: What can and cannot be used in cooking. How to cook a familiar dish to make it tasty and healthy for a child? How to preserve vitamins and minerals in vegetables during cooking? How to cut the ingredients for soup, main course or salad?
We also added background information about the rational nutrition of schoolchildren, the rules of personal hygiene for cooks and workers of the cafeteria, about the benefits of vitamins, minerals and water for a growing child's body.
The presentation will be held in an interactive format. First, in a panel discussion, guests will discuss the creation of the Recipe Book, its role in the School Meals Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The second part of the presentation will be an interactive quest for guests, as a result of which three teams of participants will pass "initiation into school cooks" during a culinary contest and prepare three dishes according to the recipes of the Book.
Ready meals will be submitted to the jury. Let's see how easy it is to be a school chef;)
The presentation starts at 11:00 at the address: 288/1 Zhibek-Zholu Avenue, Bishkek city.
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