Farm to fork—improving eating habits and nutrition education in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016

The increasing rate of obesity in children in the Caribbean is a significant public health and nutrition challenge for the region. Sustainable solutions to improve dietary intake are needed to avoid escalating health problems.

In the Farm to Fork project, over a 15-month period, menu changes to school lunches provided by the St Kitts-Nevis School Meals Center integrated 19,850 kg of fruit and vegetables into lunches for 800 children. Messages about good nutrition were also introduced with the new menus. And in Trinidad, children in selected schools consumed 55% more fruit in a day than those who did not participate in the program, exceeding the World Health Organization’s recommended daily minimum for fruit consumption. 

Read the complete story of change: Farm to fork — improving eating habits and nutritional knowledge (PDF, 708 KB).

This document is part of the Stories of Change series that shares some of the emerging outcomes from research supported in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Canadian International Food Security Research Funda program of Canada's International Development Research Centre, undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada, provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Global Affairs Canada.