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Thai school-meals programme served up as global malnutrition-beater

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Thailand will propose its school meals programme to the World Food Programme (WFP) as an example of success in combating child malnourishment that can be shared internationally.

Thanawat Tiensin, Thailand’s permanent representative to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, has urged governments to partner with business in forging solutions to the problem of child malnutrition, in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to tackle global food insecurity.

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Thanawat recently got together with Chareon Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) and CP Foundation for Rural Life to discuss their ideas on nourishing young students.

“Successful schemes such as CP Foods and CP Foundation for Rural Life’s ‘Raising Layer for Student’s Lunch’ and CP Livestock Myanmar’s ‘Milk for Kids’ are key to achieving food self-sufficiency in a sustainable manner,” he said. “These projects can be guidelines to end hunger across the world as well as bolster Thailand’s reputation as a model for food security.”

Supree Baosingsauy, general manager of CP Foundation for Rural Life, said it has been working together with CP Foods on the “Raising Layer for Student’s Lunch” project since 1989 to reduce malnutrition among students in remote areas.

The company has provided facilities, food and knowledge on layer poultry farming to 700 schools nationwide, helping over 155,000 students receive sufficient protein in their diets.

Beyond food security, the project has cultivated social enterprise practices, encouraging students to further develop their farm management skills. The students are able to produce other food supplies such as fish and vegetables by themselves, while surplus products are sold to nearby communities for extra income.

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