Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

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.

New approaches to humanitarian work

In its three years of existence, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger organized 30 study visits for representatives of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, provided technical assistance to a dozen countries and helped organize national seminars on school feeding and other strategies to tackle hunger in five countries. With this ongoing work of disseminating information and promoting exchanges of experience, the Centre was able to support the creation of new school feeding policies in 15 countries.

Centre of Excellence is hiring a Director’s Assistant

Would you like to work at the Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brasília? This might be your chance! The Centre is looking for a highly motived, proactive, creative Director Assistant, with good writing and networking skills. It is an interesting position for a dynamic young professional who has recently completed academic studies, and has a good education background, exceptional language skills in Portuguese and English, and some experience abroad to serve and assist the Director.

Brazilian government authorizes new international food donations

President Dilma Rousseff signed last June 20 Law 13.001, which increases the maximum amount previously established for donations of food from Brazil to other countries. The new law allows Brazil to donate approximately 250,000 tons of rice for ready consumption to countries facing humanitarian emergencies. Donations will be made by the Brazilian government to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Centre trains consultants in horizontal cooperation

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.

Centre of Excellence launches Annual Report 2013

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger is a partnership between WFP and the Brazilian government, to support developing countries through South-South cooperation in finding their own sustainable solutions for school feeding and food and nutritional security. Until last December, the Centre had already received 23 delegations for study visits in Brazil. In 2013, there were 10 study visits for delegations from nine countries. The study visit is one of the vital learning tools of the work methodology of the Centre.

Niger creates unit for the management of school feeding

Niger announced the creation of a management unit of school feeding in the country, linked to the country's ministerial cabinet. The goal is to coordinate governmental actions in the area of school feeding, using locally produced food. The government hopes to increase the budget line for school feeding, improve integration between the school feeding programme and the smallholder farmers and strengthen the legislative framework with a specific law on school feeding.

Seminar gathers five countries to discuss institutional food purchase

From 3 to 5 June Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul state, hosted the international seminar "Institutional Purchase + Local Development". The goal of the seminar was to promote the exchange of experiences among Brazil and other developing countries on institutional food purchase from smallholder farmers, to support strategies of social development in those countries.

Pakistani delegation is introduced to Brazilian Zero Hunger experiences

From 27 May to 6 June, a delegation from Pakistan was in Brazil for a study visit organized by the Centre of Excellence against Hunger. The focus of the study visit is getting to know the Brazilian experiences and the programmes related to the Zero Hunger strategy in Brazil, since Pakistan is implementing its National Zero Hunger Programme. The delegation was led by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, minister of National Food Security and Research, who made a presentation about the Pakistani programme during a CONSEA meeting.