Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

Centre launches Food and Social Policies Series

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched on 4 November the Portuguese versions of the first three studies that compose the Food and Social Policies Series. The series focuses on the public procurement of food in Brazil and its impacts on food and nutrition security and smallholder farming.

The studies bring new data and analysis on two Brazilian government programmes that buy food from smallholder farmers, the National School Feeding Programme and the Food Acquisition Programme.

GCNF recommends country-owned school feeding programmes

Every year, the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) issues a Communiqué with considerations and recommendations agreed upon by all participants. The Communiqué is an important advocacy tool of the Forum that provides guidelines for participating countries to move forward with the design and implementation of sustainable school feeding programmes.

This year, the GCNF gathered 250 people representing 42 countries.

School feeding in Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde was chosen to host the 2015 Global Child Nutrition Forum due to its experience in transitioning from programmes conducted entirely by international institutions to a country-owned national school feeding programme. Besides hosting the Forum and financing part of the event, the government of Cabo Verde shared its successful school feeding experience with participating countries.

The minister of Education and Sports of Cabo Verde, Fernanda Marques, who accompanied the five days of event in Sal Island, presented the country’s school feeding programme.

Over 40 countries discuss school feeding financing

Representatives from over 40 countries gathered on Sal Island, Cabo Verde, for the XVII Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), from 28 September to 2 October. The 250 participants discussed innovative financing for national-scale school feeding programmes, linked to smallholder farming. They also debated on different approaches to make sure that each of their countries could design new school feeding programmes or improve existing ones.

Three aspects were highlighted as essential for finding sustainable resources for the school feeding programmes.

Global Forum highlights south-south cooperation

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger supported the participation of five African countries in the Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs: Towards Partnerships for Development. The event took place in Moscow, Russia, on 10 and 11 September. The government delegations of The Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique, composed by high-level and technical officials, had the chance to share case studies to contribute to the Forum’s discussions and to work with WFP Centre on planning upcoming cooperation activities.

Africa towards home-grown school feeding

A delegation of 20 representatives of the African Union, including state ministers, visited Brazil in the last week of August to discuss school feeding. They came to see first-hand the Brazilian experiences of linking school feeding to smallholder farmers’ production. All the information they gathered here will be used as inspiration to the development of a school feeding strategy to the entire African continent.

African union announces partnership with Centre of Excellence

Political will and multi-sectorial coordination can make a huge difference. With this impression and full of inspiration, the members of the African Union delegation left Brazil last Friday after a one-week study visit to discuss school feeding as a key strategy to promote development.

“Being in Brazil was a great opportunity and we took the most of it”, said at the closing session the head of the delegation, Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, African union’s Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.

WFP Centre of Excellence launches its 2014 Annual Report

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched its 2014 Annual Report. The document highlights the Centre’s achievements and the challenges ahead. 

Since its creation three years ago, the Centre is involved in assisting more than 70 developing countries and 34 of which joined study visits to Brazil. Here they learned more about the Brazilian renowned experience in school feeding and in fighting hunger.

The numbers are impressive and they are already being translated in cases of success, like the support given by the Centre to Bangladesh and The Gambia.

Brazilian teachers and cooks travel to Senegal with the Centre of Excellence

A river called Atlantic. This is how Alberto da Costa e Silva, one of the greatest Brazilian experts in Africa, describes the historical relation between Brazil and the African continent. Narrowed by centuries of exchanges and migration these strong links drove a group of school cooks and teachers from São Paulo to Senegal, this week.

Between 8 and 12 of June, two teachers and two school cooks from the Municipal Education Network visited Dakar, capital of Senegal. They joined a technical mission from the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

WFP and governments discuss school feeding in workshop in Dakar

Dakar, in Senegal, hosted a Regional Workshop on School Feeding, from 8 to 12 June. Held by the WFP Regional Bureau Dakar and the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, the event had the goal of accelerating the transition to nationally owned school feeding programmes in the West and Central African regions.

On Monday and Tuesday, the event included only WFP staff members. Participants discussed two new WFP policies, the school feeding policy and the south-south cooperation policy.