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Agroamerica – Nutritious School Meal Programme

By Vicky Dodman, International Programme Manager, Business in the Community

Agroamerica – Nutritious School Meal Programme

By Vicky Dodman, International Programme Manager, Business in the Community

Agroamerica supplemented children’s diets with bananas in the Nutritious School Meal programme to combat malnutrition, and reinforced the health and hygiene education of families.

Social impacts

  • Improved the daily nutrition of 906 students which has led to a 10 % increase in number of children with a normal growth rate, and improved academic performances such as an increase in the average grade in maths by 17%.
  • Preventive health training for mothers including home visits has resulted in 78% of the 240 participating women applying the acquired knowledge.

Business impacts

  • Employees are directly affected by this programme and state they feel healthier and happier with the added nutrition provided.
  • Stronger relationships with national and local government and community leaders due to the development of this programme.

“We are very pleased to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the communities Cerritos and San Jose Mogollon. This programme supports AgroAmerica’s philosophy of promoting the development of the communities where we operate as well as or our CSR program that is aligned with the MDGs. ”

– Fernando Bolaños, Agroamerica CEO

Nutritious School Meal is a food security and nutritional programme implemented by Agroamerica, which supplements the diet of over 900 school children in San José Mongollón, Guatemala, with bananas.

It also provides preventive health training and home visits for the pupils’ mothers. This aims to help towards combating malnutrition in the area, as well as touching on preventive health, maternal health, children rights and gender equality.

Agroamerica sought the involvement of teachers and the local community to help ingrain food security and nutrition learning. This involved preventive health training sessions for children, parents and teachers, as well as home visits to evaluate the impact of the programme.

“We are very pleased to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the communities Cerritos and San Jose Mogollon. This programme supports AgroAmerica’s philosophy of promoting the development of the communities where we operate as well as or our CSR program that is aligned with the MDGs.”

Editor’s Note:

The Unilever International Award supported by Business Fights Poverty recognises businesses that have positively impacted one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Award is part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.

The companies awarded a Big Tick in this category have positively impacted over seven million beneficiaries. These companies are helping to eradicate extreme poverty, promote gender equality, support various aspects of the health agenda, and build global partnerships for development between civil society, business and governments. These programmes demonstrate innovation, scale and the potential to be replicated, highlighting the importance of business as a key enabler of the MDGs.

The case studies profiled in this week’s special on Business Fights Poverty provide more detail about the programmes that achieved a Big Tick and those shortlisted for the top accolade. For more information, click here.

This article was previously published on Business In The Community and is reproduced with permission.

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