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Andrea Curtis’ new book, What’s For Lunch: How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, is an ode to a meal that in many countries is a tool not only for fixing hunger, but also for nurturing culture and supporting sustainable-food production. Here’s a look at what some global lunches look like, starting with Canada

Toronto, Canada: A common packed lunch of cookies, yoghurt, a sandwich, baby carrots and a sweetened drink.

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Lucknow, India: A serving of the lentil dish dal. Schools are supposed to also serve vegetables, but funding is irregular.

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Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya: A mug of porridge -- called nutrient-fortified corn-soy blend (or CSB) -- provided daily by the World Food Programme.

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Dubna, Russia: A school lunch of borsch, kasha and beef and a compote fruit drink is the main meal of the day.

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: School lunch here includes rice and beans, a meat dish, veggies and fresh fruit or juice.

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