UN World Food Programme

Haiti, Senegal and Malawi to be hosted by Centre for exchange on school feeding

Our study visits combine ministerial consultations with on-site visits to schools and farms

Delegations from Haiti, Senegal and Malawi are to visit Brazil for a full programme of discussions, field trips and workshops.  These study visits, which serve to showcase the Brazilian example of integrating government-supported purchasing from smallholder farmers with social protection such as the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE), are designed to function as a forum for the visiting countries to develop their own strategies for developing sustainable and nationally-owned programmes.

Brasilia- The three delegations, which are each composed of a mixture of ministers, civil servants, technicians and WFP country representatives, will be in Brazil between 10th and 20th of September. For Malawi this will be a follow-up mission, attempting build upon the action plan for establishing a national school feeding programme devised on their first visit to the Centre in March. Their experience will be a concentrated programme based in Brasilia and seek to address some of the implementation challenges that have become apparent since the initial study visit. 

 For Senegal and Haiti the agenda will be more comprehensive and seek to work towards the drafting of action plans for each of the countries. Both delegations will begin with an official agenda with government authorities in Brasilia so as to introduction them to the historical development and institutional framework of Brazil´s Zero Hunger Strategy. In the second week they will travel to Salvador, in northeast Brazil, for a field trip to meet many of the key stakeholders and see firsthand the operation of the school feeding and local purchasing. The pairing of countries that, despite having a shared language, hail from different continents is designed to facilitate a south-south dialogue where the participants learn from each other, share similar challenges and work together towards future solutions. 
 
This is also an opportunity to establish stronger ties with Brazil. Both Senegal and Malawi are participants in the Purchase from Africans for Africa PAA Africa Programme. The initiative, launched this year by the Brazilian government as an extension of the PAA and implemented by WFP and FAO with the support of the UK´s Department for International Development, facilitates market access for African smallholders by ensuring that the food that Brazil donates within a country is sourced locally from that country. As well giving Malawi and Senegal the chance to learn from the best practices of PAA Brazil, the study visit should have the effect of deepening the Centre´s understanding of the progress of these this initiative in both of the countries.