Last Updated: 2018-09-11
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PANAMA CITY, Sept 11 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- About 15.4 per cent of children under five years of age in Central America are showing a delay in growth, while obesity affects another six per cent, a regional report says.

According to the Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean, the high rates of child chronic malnutrition and the growing tendency for obesity persist despite the efforts of governments.

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is promoting a technical assistance project, jointly with the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA), to link the family farming products to school feeding programmes.

According to some experts, this program is one of the most effective interventions of the United Nations organization to guarantee the right to an adequate food, especially for the most vulnerable ones, and represents a great potential to develop family farming and local economies.

According to the experience of the Strengthening School Feeding Programmes project promoted by the FAO and the Brazilian government, if family farmers supplied 30 per cent of the food demand to schools, this would mean an income of about 28 million US dollars for the producers.

Carlos Staff, the Executive Secretary of the Central American Educational and Cultural Co-ordination of SICA, stressed that the project will promote an adequate intersectoral articulation and boost agricultural production, through the integration of peasant communities with scarce economic resources.