School milk programmes (SMP) are common in many countries around the world, for good reason. The benefits of providing school children with milk are plentiful. Dairy’s well-known natural nutrientrichness provides an abundant supply of high-quality protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, and vitamins B2 and B12.
Analysis also shows that a quality education, combined with a guaranteed package of health and nutrition interventions at school, such as school feeding, can contribute to child and adolescent development and build human capital.
Following on from its previous research into SMP, The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has developed a new report which compiles data from global experts in the field on different programmes around the world. The report provides insights on the range of products, implementation and population, accompanied by raw data. The new edition also includes a review on the evidence of the nutritional benefits of these programmes, offering new insights into the global impact of SMP.
Keywords: School milk programmes, dairy, children, nutrition, consumption, eating habits, global