School feeding programmes a "safety net" during difficult times: WFP

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A schoolboy in rural Cambodia tucks into the healthy meal of rice and cooked vegetables he and all the other children get every day during classes courtesy of WFP. [Photo: WFP/Heather Hill]

Each day, more than 360 million children across the globe can count on receiving a meal at school, according to a new study by the World Food Programme

WFP reports that these children can be found in both developing and well-off countries, indicating that governments are using school feeding programmes as a "safety net" in times of crisis.

Patrick Maigua in Geneva sat down with WFP spokesperson Elizabeth Byers who gave a break down of the figures and explains how these programmes keep children in the classroom and boost local agriculture.

Duration: 3'30"

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