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Reports, Research and Online Resources

On this page you will find information and links to recent reports, research and online resources.  If you have a report or research you would like to share on this page, please get in touch with us.

Pacific School Food Learning and Teaching Hub

This hub has been designed to collate food and nutrition resources for teachers in the Pacific Islands. The hub allows you to search for food and nutrition resources that might support your teaching. With so much information available on the internet, and in print and social media, the hub also contains a professional development course on assessing the credibility of information sources. This short course can support the development of knowledge and skills that are important for critiquing information. This hub was developed by a team from the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) and funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Sub-Regional office for the Pacific Islands.

The State of School Feeding Worldwide 2022

This report is WFP’s flagship publication and the main reporting mechanism of the School Meals Coalition. It provides an overview on how countries support their children through effective school feeding programmes.

Ready to learn and thrive: School health and nutrition around the world - 2023

Based on the most comprehensive and up-to-date data, this report provides the first overview of the extent to which countries have school health and nutrition (SHN) policies and programmes in place. Produced by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP).

FAO School Food Global Hub

This hub hosts up-to-date information about the situation of school food nutrition guidelines and standards (NGS) and food and nutrition education programmes around the world, as well as tools and guidance to support the design and implementation of school food and nutrition policies and interventions. It also offers a space for youth and the school community to share their experiences and make their voice heard.

Recent publications

These are recent open access publications related to school food and nutrition in the Pacific Islands:

  • Reeve, E., Thow, AM., Bell, C. et al. Identifying opportunities to strengthen school food environments in the Pacific: a case study in Samoa. BMC Public Health 21, 246 (2021).

  • Burkhart, S., Singh, P., Raneri, J., Hayman, A., Katz, S., Matairakula, U., Mackay, C., Horsey, B., Underhill, S., Kama, A., Maelaua. J., Demei, B., Mitchell, A., Gurung Nyangmi, M., Taawetia, T., Tekatu, T., Hunter, D. Growing our future: Introducing the Pacific School Food Network to support healthy school food and nutrition environments for better nourished children in the Pacific Islands. The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, Volume 18, 100338 (2021). 

  • Burkhart, S., Hayman, A., Lam, F., Jones, B., Horsey, B., Craven, D., & Underhill, S. School food programmes in the Pacific Islands: Exploring opportunities and challenges for creating healthier school food environments. Public Health Nutrition, 26(2), 455-466. (2023). doi:10.1017/S1368980022001951

School Nutrition Education Programmes in the Pacific Islands: A Scoping Review and Capacity Needs Assessment

This report describes the findings of a project that aimed to identify and analyse the capacity for School Nutrition Education Programmes (SNEP) in 14 Pacific Island countries to inform and propose recommendations for a sustainable regional and local SNEP (2019).

View conference presentations from this project.

School Nutrition Education Programmes in the Pacific Islands

FAO School Food and Nutrition Resources

Information and resources for School Food and Nutrition, including links to the FAO School Food and Nutrition Framework and School-based food and nutrition education - A white paper on the current state, principles, challenges and recommendations for low-and middle-income countries

Global Child Nutrition Foundation

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation is a global network of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations working together to support school meal programs that help children and communities thrive. GCNF provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to help governments build national school meal programs that are nutritious, locally-sourced, and ultimately independent from international aid.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation presents a report on 'School Meal Programs Around the World' Global Report Based on the 2021 Global Survey of School Meal Programs. 

Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research

ACPIR’s work, alongside Pacific peoples, seeks to understand how food environments lead to dietary behaviours and health outcomes. We work to identify opportunities to support healthy and sustainable diets, and our research contributes to and informs food provision and nutrition education programs in a variety of Pacific Island settings.

Eat Right Be Bright - Advocacy Document

An Eat Right Be Bright resource.

Eat Right Be Bright - Submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill (NZ)

An Eat Right Be Bright resource.

Eat Right Be Bright - NZ Members of Parliment Presentation (2018)

An Eat Right Be Bright resource.

Assessing the existing evidence base on school food and nutrition policies: A scoping review

This report presents the outcomes of a scoping review conducted to identify and map existing evidence on the effects of school food and nutrition policies on health-related outcomes in children of school age as part of the initial preparation for undertaking the guideline development process by the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Policy Actions.

In order to align with WHO’s Nutrition-friendly Schools Initiative (NFSI) framework, school-based food and nutrition interventions were assessed in terms of the impacts in four key policy areas, namely – the school community, the school curriculum, the school food and nutrition environment, and school nutrition and health services.

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