Tanzania's mission to Brazil sees school feeding as an investment, not expenditure

Tanzania's Government representatives visit a public nursery school in Northeast Brazil where local food is served. WFP/Vinicius Limongi

Delegation completed a round of governmental meetings in Brasilia on November 23rd. The following week was dedicated to a field trip to Bahia's food security and small scale-agriculture initiatives

WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger hosted one more African country’s mission on school feeding between 19-30 November 2012. The objective of Tanzania’s technical visit is to gain in-depth understanding on key processes involved in designing and transition to a sustainable school meals programme including policy, legal and financial frameworks. Check our online photo gallery here.

The Centre has organized policy sessions and meetings with authorities to facilitate the delegation's understanding of linkages between agriculture, local food purchase and school meals programme. The delegation was composed of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives and WFP Tanzania Programme Officer. In addition, the Ambassador of Tanzania to Brazil Mr. Francis Ambakisye Malambugi has closely followed all of the meetings.

The agenda for Salvador and Cruz das Almas cities included visits to many of the key stakeholders along the food procurement supply chain. The group had the chance to talk to smallholder farmers and cooperatives and public schools in both rural and urban contexts. They were received by representatives from the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) - both at federal and local level management, the National Food Supply Company (CONAB), Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), The Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) and its special training unit on Cassava & Fruits, Department of Education at Municipal and State levels, including the Bahia's State Secretary of Education.

Outcomes

The Centre's team will be providing capacity development to help enhance the African country’s food and nutrition security. In the end of the study visit, the delegation analysed the lessons learned and elaborated an action plan that outlines the next steps. Moreover, a draft roadmap was discussed on possible areas of partnership with the Government of Brazil and the WFP Centre of Excellence.

Food Security in Tanzania

Tanzania´s Ministry of Education has created a multi-sectoral task force aiming to oversee the development of a School Feeding Unit, which will gradually take over WFP´s school feeding programme. Tanzania´s national school feeding programme was established in 2000 by the government in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP). Since 2009, school meals have been provided to over 213,000 school children at 350 primary schools in Dodoma, Singida, Arusha and Manyara regions. The project was expanded in 2010 to cover an additional 800 schools, reaching about 600,000 children. In April this year, the President of Tanzania came visit the Centre.