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Mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition of schoolchildren

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This joint note from the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is aimed at providing preliminary guidance to national and local authorities, school administrators and staff and implementing partners on how to take short-term measures to support, transform or adapt school feeding programmes in their efforts to safeguard the food security and nutritional status of school-aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides specific recommendations according to the various target groups involved in school feeding and has an additional section providing guidance specifically around homegrown school feeding. This guidance note will be regularly updated as the situation evolves, and new information becomes available. It complements other guidelines and advice developed by specialized UN agencies, such as UNESCO, WHO, and other international agencies.