Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021. 6:39 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Enterprise (MAFSE), in collaboration with Fyffes, the Banana Grower Association, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, and Our Lady of Bella Vista School, will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding for a new school-based pilot project on Thursday, November 4, said a release from MAFSE.
“The project is to provide healthy snacks made from local bananas to 100 students in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts,” said the release. “The fortified product made from local bananas will be developed by the Ministry of Agriculture Agro Processing Unit in Central Farm.”
The project is aimed at offering a well-balanced nutrient supplement to be distributed among at-risk groups in Belize. It is expected that the program “will yield many positive benefits to both children by improving their health and the attendance and grades in school”.
“Malnutrition mainly in the form of stunting and underweight has been documented in high prevalence rates within Stann Creek and Toledo districts which are neighborhood communities to the Fyffes farms in Belize,” said the statement.
If the pilot project returns positive results, the program will be expanded to other schools across Belize.
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