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FAO completes the content of the training module to improve food security and nutrition for upper Egypt’s women

FAO/Egypt Project on "Improving Household Food and Nutrition Security in Egypt by Targeting Women and Youth" held a Meeting with its partner institutions from the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 at FAO premises. Within the framework of launching Community Nutrition Kitchens in Aswan, Assyut, Beni Sueif, Fayoum, and Souhag, the meeting aimed at: agreeing on the content of the Nutrition Kitchen Training Manual, and planning for the capacity building activities during the upcoming months. Community Nutrition Kitchens train women on how to add "nutritional twists" to their existing recipes with the ultimate aim of improving health of community members.

In the meeting, the Project Manager Dr. Zahra Ahmed commended the efforts exerted by the Project's partners in the development of the nutrition awareness content of the training manual tailored to rural women in Upper Egypt. The content covers the following:
  • basics of healthy
  • eating; best practices in infants and toddlers feeding; meal planning and
  • budgeting; making recipes healthy; ideas for healthy snacks; and practicing
  • food safety.

Dr. Akila Saleh, Director General of the Food Security Information Center, an affiliate institution of the Ministry of Agriculture, was very satisfied with the training manual by saying "It is super good to have finalized the content ... it is considered one of the Project's outputs that will serve as a legacy after the Project ends ."

Dr. Fatima Hachem, FAO's Senior Nutrition and Consumer Protection Officer emphasized the importance of giving the nutrition training component of the project full attention in the coming months highlighting that cooperation between the Project Team and Partners is key for success. Accordingly, details regarding the planning of the upcoming training activities were discussed and it was agreed to work on 3 villages in each of the five governorates in parallel by appropriately distributing a trained multidisciplinary team to hold at least 6 training sessions.

With the participation of women, and as a result of training, the Community Nutrition Kitchens are venues for spreading nutrition awareness and even the creation of new nutritious recipes and snacks that fit the nutrition needs of all family members especially children. Improving nutrition will eventually lead to improved health and work productivity and consequently will decrease cost of sickness and work inefficiency which are considered main contributors to poverty.

FAO Near East - 19, Jul 2016

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