Rising prices of basic food commodities have forced the Philippine government to scale down efforts to address malnutrition among children, putting the under sixes at nutritional risk. The government has already opted to limit the coverage of its Food for School Program from the top 40 food-poorest provinces to the top 20. President Arroyo, during a National Anti-Poverty Commission in March 2008, issued this directive as the country grappled with the tightening rice supply. The Food for School programs have also been scaled down and no longer cover all children in grades one to six, but only the first three levels. (IRIN)

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