The Director of WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Mr. Daniel Balaban, was received by the Prime Minister of Mozambique, Mr Aires Ali to discuss the next steps in the implementation of school feeding programmes in Mozambique.
After deploying a school feeding expert to support WFP Country Office in Mozambique, the Centre of Excellence keeps providing technical assistance.
Maputo - The Centre of Excellence against Hunger participated in the follow up joint mission to Mozambique on May 28 to June 01, as part of the cooperative agenda set up after the tripartite agreement between the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, Mozambique Government and WFP was signed in 2010. The follow up mission aimed at discussing the next steps in the implementation of a national strategy for a sustainable school feeding in Mozambique.
The delegation had meetings in Maputo on 29-30 May and a field trip to Tete Province, District of Cahora Bassa, on May 31 and June 1. Daniel Balaban, Director, and Christiani Buani, Programme Officer at the Centre were accompanied by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) Mr. Armando José Cardoso Munguba, the National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE) Ms. Rosa Cristina Barbosa Pinheiro and Dr. Eurico Banze, along with the acting Ambassador of Brazil in Mozambique, Mr. Nei Bittencourt, the WFP Deputy Director/Mozambique Silvia Caruso, the Head of Programme Ms. Elvira Pruscini, the Centre’s Consultant serving in Mozambique Ms. Cristina Gaglianone, and Ms. Albertina of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique.
The current initiatives on school feeding and the challenges in developing a national programme in Mozambique were discussed during the meeting with the Prime Minister of Mozambique, Mr Aires Ali and the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Augustus Jones. The Government of Mozambique stressed that is counting on the support of partners, particularly World Food Programme, to design and implement a National School Feeding Programme.
The Prime Minister appreciated the work the multiple partners have been doing and committed himself to carry forward the school feeding agenda to the Council of Ministers. He and his team will be involved in preparing a policy proposal for school feeding, to be submitted to the Council of Ministers in August 2012.
About the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger
The World Food Programme and the government of Brazil launched in partnership the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger to promote sustainable national social safety nets based on the successes and lessons learnt from the Brazilian experience. The WFP Centre of Excellence is a bridge for south-south cooperation in capacity development in the areas of school feeding, nutrition and food security. It brings southern nations together who want to learn and develop their own programmes. One major element of the Centre`s work has been exposing the Home-Grown School Feeding model and its powerful and transformative impact through the linkages to and supply by family agricultural production.
Learn more about WFP School Meals programme at: http://www.wfp.org/content/two-minutes-learn-about-school-feeding