On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 a school nutrition model integrating school gardening, supplementary feeding and nutrition education will be showcased at Tinabunan Elementary School in Imus City in Cavite.
This was learned from Ma. Shiela S. Anunciado, agriculture officer of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Cavite.
The model is the result of a three-year action research in 2012 to 2015 implemented by IIRR in collaboration with the Department of Education division in Cavite and the Food & Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DSOST).
The event will showcase the model to potential users such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The project has generated new knowledge and learning materials that will be shared during the event. At the same time, the event will provide platform for other institutions to share their own experiences.
Results of the three-year research showed that supplementary feeding of malnourished school children using non-fortified rice and indigenous vegetables from school gardens significantly improved their nutritional status. At the same time, enhanced knowledge, attitude and practices in gardening and nutrition were observed among parents.
The project tested and successfully sustained bio-intensive nutrition gardens and crop museums that aimed to retrieve and conserve crop cultivars while improving year-round availability of a diverse range of climate-resilient, locally adapted and nutritionally important vegetables.