Integrating nutrition and climate education

In the Philippines we integrate Bio Intensive Gardening (BIG) to end malnutrition in schools. To attain this, IIRR works with the Department of Education to integrate BIG nutrition programs into the regular curriculum. We involve parents of malnourished kids in the gardening program and train them how to cook vegetables in more palatable ways. Children are also taught simple principles of environmental protection and get involved in planting mangroves, an essential part of disaster risk reduction.

Highlights of Achievements, Philippines, 2014

  • 153,940 elementary school children benefiting from 70 diverse school gardens enhanced through Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG)
  • 217 children ages 3-5 benefit from 6 day care centers practicing BIG
  • 3,136 children (1,647 boys and 1,489 girls) grades 1-3 given nutrition education through curriculum integration
  • 509 Department of Education teachers from 241 schools in region 4-A trained on enhanced school nutrition intervention
  • 23 daycare teachers trained on various nutrition approaches
  • 217 children ages 3-5 provided nutritious lunch meals for six weeks to test impacts
  • Results of research in supplementary feeding in two schools 146 schoolchildren for 100 days feeding program in Cavite, Philippines
  • Reduced wasting (17.8%-13.7%) and stunting (11.0 – 4.1%) prevalence
  • Significant decrease in underweight children (63%-34%)
  • Reduced anemia prevalence from 20.8 – 4.2%
  • Improved nutritional knowledge (65.3 – 76.2%) and attitudes (78.2 – 89.1%) among children on the importance of home gardens and proper nutrition based on knowledge, awareness, practice survey results.


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