Good nutrition is important for everyone
Especially for children.
Good food helps you to grow, to get energy and to stay healthy.
To grow you need proteins. Proteins can be found in meat, fish, cheese, nuts, milk and eggs.
You also need food for energy, so you can learn and play. Energy is derived from carbohydrates, which are found in potatoes, pasta, bread and rice.
You stay healthy when you take in enough vitamins. Vitamins can be found in vegetables and fruit, for example.
All in all, you need a lot of different nutrients.
- Vitamin A gives you resistance to diseases and blindness.
- Iron and iodine are good for school performance and against anaemia.
- Folic acid is good for the red blood cells.
How we work
On invitation only
The Green Food Foundation supports local organizations in their aim to improve food habits of their target group. It’s important that our input is integrated in an holistic approach. This makes the impact more efficient and sustainable.
Two health professionals start with a local inventarisation of the daily food intake. After comparison with dietary guidelines, a gap analysis is made. A field study is used to make a foodplan fitting both requirements as well as local availability of food. An implementation plan ensures adherence.
Make it a habit
Change of behaviour isn’t that easy. Therefore monitoring of the situation is necessary. Ensuring implementation can be done by the local organization alone, supported at distance or by planned return visits by the Green Food Foundation.
Because of the Corona virus we will not (temporarily) visit the location. For the time being, only online inventories and consultations will be made. After the possibility to travel safely we will strive for an optimal mix between online and real life.
Four critical steps to speed up progress
The only way to achieve results is through the involvement of a local partner.
The partner has a strong relation with the local people, knows the circumstances and the culture.
We believe in a holistic approach.
We believe that many factors contribute to success. We are specialized in nutrition and believe that our work leads to the best results when embedded in local organizations who also focus on water, sanitation, awareness, income, etc.
Use of local products, available and cheap.
We believe that in terms of endurance use should be made of products available at the local markets. Sometimes we come across foods that are valuable and were used in the past but have simply been forgotten.
Respect for local culture and dietary guidelines
Respect for the local food culture is essential and the focal point of the intervention. Most countries have their own dietary guidelines, important as relevant input.