As 153 million children and youth worldwide are at high risk of food insecurity, Emmanuel Macron will gather the Global Coalition for School Feeding in Paris for the first time on Tuesday.
Launched in 2021 by France and Finland with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP), the coalition aims to ensure that all children worldwide have access to school meals “necessary for learning and growth” by 2030. “The summit will be an opportunity to work on a simple but effective solution: ensuring that all children in the world receive a healthy and nutritious meal at school,” say the organizers.
In addition to providing nutritious food, school feeding enhances access to education by prolonging enrollment and promoting learning, and also promotes gender equality.
The Coalition for School Feeding brings together 90 member states, as well as the European Union and the African Union, and around a hundred scientific institutions, foundations, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, or United Nations agencies.