UN World Food Programme

Centre trains consultants in horizontal cooperation

Consultants participate in training at the Centre of Excellence's office in Brasília

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira

A total of 17 professionals attended the training held on 14 and 15 July to identify talented professionals to work as consultants to the Centre of Excellence in support of developing countries that are committed to finding sustainable solutions to food security and social development. 

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger held, on 14 and 15 July, a training session for consultants on horizontal cooperation and food and nutritional security policies and programmes. The objective of the training was to identify talented professionals to work as consultants to the Centre of Excellence in support of developing countries interested in finding sustainable solutions to food security and social development. 

A total of 17 professionals attended the training - 13 participated in person and four by videoconference. During the two days, participants were able to deepen their knowledge about the work of the World Food Programme, about the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, and about the Centre of Excellence and the partnership between the Brazilian government and WFP to assist other developing countries in actions to overcome hunger and poverty. 

Another theme highlighted during training was the Brazilian experience with programmes and social development policies. The participating professionals discussed the National School Feeding Programme, the legal framework that supports Brazilian social policies and programmes, and initiatives to strengthen family agriculture. They also debated the challenges of horizontal cooperation initiatives, or south-south cooperation, promoted by Brazil. 

As part of its programme of exchange of experience and capacity building, the Centre of Excellence supports the hiring of consultants, who are deployed to countries to assist in the design and implementation of policies and programmes in school feeding and other social development issues. Training participants were presented to the work already done by the consultants of the Centre of Excellence in countries like Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, and Republic of Guinea.