Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

Centre supports new school feeding policy in Zambia

The Ministry of Education of Zambia requested the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger’s support towards an effective implementation of a homegrown school feeding programme (HGSFP) in the country. A mission of consultants to Zambia happened from 11 -21 November.

In collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme, the transition from a partner-implemented school feeding programme to a HGSFP is becoming a reality. In 2013, Zambia representatives did two study visits to Brazil that left them impressed with the multi-sectorial nature of the Brazilian approach.

“Structured Demand and Smallholders Farmers in Brazil” has three new translations

Translations into Portuguese, French and Spanish of the report “Structured Demand and Smallholders Farmers in Brazil” were released this week. The original study in English was launched in October 2013 as a partnership between the WPF Centre of Excellence against Hunger and IPC-IG (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth). 

The publication analyzes the case studies of two Brazilian projects: the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA) and the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE).

The Centre of Excellence hires South-South Programme Specialist

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is selecting a professional to work as South-South Programme Specialist in its office in Brasília. The main role of this professional will be to guide the Centre‘s study visit initiative, including assessment of visiting countries’ needs, design of study visit programme, coordination with WFP Country Office, ABC and other stakeholders, and management of the execution of the visit.

Centre completes three years building partnerships in the fight against hunger

Today the Centre of Excellence against Hunger completes three years. Launched in November 2011, it is a partnership between the UN World Food Program and the Brazilian government. The proposal is to build bridges with Latin America, Africa and Asia to share experiences about school feeding, nutrition and food security.

Since 2011, the Centre received 30 countries in study visits to Brazil, and 18 of them are designing or implementing innovative national policies, with technical support from the Centre.

GCNF recommends school feeding programmes to achieve Zero Hunger

It has been five days of intense exchange of knowledge among representatives of 40 countries, from all over the world. Participants were invited to think about their countries’ strategies to ensure sustainable home-grown school feeding programmes, to discuss the benefits of investing in school feeding with focus on nutrition, and to propose ways for the group to influence the post-2015 global agenda. After debates, lightning rounds, side events, field trips, the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum is over.

Research initiative announced during the GCNF

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched a research initiative to conduct analysis of the Brazilian institutional food procurement experiences and food-based safety net programmes that source food from smallholder farmers. The purpose of the project is to share knowledge and evidence from the Brazilian experience to facilitate learning of governments and stakeholders in the area of public food procurement and food-based safety net programmes.

GCNF participants visit South African schools

After three days of debates, lectures, and intense exchange of experiences about the multiple benefits of school feeding programmes and how to make sure they are effective, sustainable and nutrition-focused, participants of the Global Child Nutrition Forum went for a field trip to South African schools, to see firsthand the different models in use at the country.

The participants were divided into five groups to visit five different schools.

West African countries discuss common school feeding strategies during GCNF

Representatives of nine countries of the West Africa region held a meeting to discuss common strategies to develop sustainable school feeding programmes. They took the opportunity of being together at the Global Child Nutrition Forum, in Johannesburg, and after the event’s opening ceremony they met with representatives of the World Food Programme to debate on how to prioritize school feeding throughout the region

The meeting was an initiative of the minister of Education of Niger, Ms.

Bolivian parliamentary delegation exchanges experiences in school feeding with Brazil

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger organized a study visit for a legislative delegation from Bolivia interested in exchanging experiences with Brazil about the design, approval and implementation of a national policy on school feeding. The delegation was in Brazil from August 26 to 29 to meet with representatives of the Brazilian Congress, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agrarian Development and institutions related to school feeding and smallholder agriculture.

UK ambassador visits rural settlement near Brasilia

As part of the partnership between the Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the British Ambassador in Brazil, Alex Ellis, participated on 20 August in a field visit to a settlement in the rural area of the Federal District. The Fazenda Larga settlement is used by the Centre as an example of successful agricultural policy for delegations from developing countries on study visits to Brazil.