Ilimo Milk in School Programs
IAI PNG, operator of Ilimo Dairy has been investing in a sector that is key to fighting under-nutrition in PNG – the agriculture sector. Working with communities around the nation to transform subsistence farming communities into
IAI PNG, operator of Ilimo Dairy has been investing in a sector that is key to fighting under-nutrition in PNG – the agriculture sector.
Working with communities around the nation to transform subsistence farming communities into cash cropping communities that can participate in the formal economy, hence improving food security in rural areas.
Food security is essential to improving general nutrition across PNG” says Ilan Weiss, Chairman & Executive director of Innovative Agro Industry (IAI),
“In 2017, a report titled “Short Changed”, by Save the Children Australia stated that malnutrition poses a threat to the survival and development of over half a million children in Papua New Guinea. As a responsible corporate citizen, we cannot ignore child under-nutrition in PNG, so further to our business objectives to enable high nutritional foods in affordable prices, we decided to take action and as a start to address schools in underprivileged communities
Ilimo farm has been involved in many activities within the community promoting healthy life style.
As of October, Ilimo teams have been visiting schools promoting healthy choices, providing dairy products and nutritional education to more than 2400 students in 17 schools.
Ms. Janelle Leho and Ms. Grace Loau from Ilimo Milk In Schools team said “Milk is known for its nutritional richness and its contribution and importance for growth, and cognitive function especially in children.
During the visits to the schools we explain the basic nutritional benefit and the process of how the milk is produced and sold. We ask questions and encourage a discussion, play games and taste the products – our mascot Daisy the Cow always steals the show”.
“Schools are in a unique position to impact students’ food choices daily” Mr. Weiss added, “Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life”
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the united nations, school-based programmes were shown to improve, both in the short and long term, the health of the children which participated in the programs.
Milk and dairy products have a positive effect on growth among nutritionally or socio-economically disadvantaged children, the strongest impacts of these programs are recorded on growth and cognitive functions of children suffering from under-nutrition.
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Authorised by Ilan Weiss