Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.


Centre of Excellence’s technical mission visits schools in Dhaka

As part of the technical assistance mission that the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is providing to the government of Bangladesh, the consultant Nadia Goodman visited this week two schools located in Dhaka’s low-income areas.

Since March 30 she is in the capital, where she will stay for three weeks to support the government and the WFP country office in preparing a national seminar about school feeding, scheduled for June this year.

The two schools visited are part of the school feeding programme since 2009.

Centre joins Brazilian-African seminar about social protection

On 8 and 9 April, Senegal hosted the International Seminar about Social Protection in Africa. The event, a first of its kind, gathered 12 African countries and the Brazilian government to share experiences and promote the debate about social protection.

Organized in partnership by the African Union, Brazil, Senegal, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Instituto Lula, the seminar also counted with the participation of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, represented by the head of Programme, Christiani Buani.

Continued support to Benin and Togo

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the WFP West Africa Regional Bureau undertook a joint mission to support Benin and Togo in their efforts to develop school feeding strategies. The mission was the planning step to respond to the governments’ request for technical support in the design and implementation of national school feeding programmes.

Mozambique discusses social protection

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger participated in a training organized by Mozambique WFP Country Office and WFP headquarters about social protection and safety nets. The goal of the training was to capacitate the WFP staff on the basic concepts of social protection, safety nets and food and nutrition security. The event was also an opportunity to share WFP’s approach to social safety nets with external partners, including the Mozambican government, UN agencies, and cooperating NGOs.

Sudan learns about school feeding programme in Brazil

From 2 to 6 March, a delegation from Sudan was in Brazil to participate in a study visit organized by the Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The purpose of the study visit was to exchange knowledge with the Brazilian government on the integration between school feeding and family farming. The Sudanese government has a pilot project in this area and wants to create a national school feeding policy.

The delegation of Sudan was composed of three government ministers and six other senior Sudanese government officials.

It is possible to live in the semiarid

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) launched a series of videos about the various programmes that help the population of the Brazilian semiarid find solutions to cope with the long periods of drought, characteristic of the region. The videos show the construction of rainwater catchment tanks programme for human consumption and for agricultural production and other programmes designed to ensure family farmers’ access to markets and improve their living conditions.

Haiti plans to link school feeding to smallholder farming

From 9 to 13 February, a delegation of staff members of the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture was in Brazil for a study visit organized by the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the World Bank. The purpose of the visit was to understand the main Brazilian strategies for strengthening agricultural production, especially family farming, as a way to achieve food and nutritional security.

The Centre of Excellence hires Human Resources intern

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is selecting an intern to support Human Resources and Administration activities carried out by in its office in Brasília.

São Paulo awards School Feeding projects

On 12 December, after many months of mobilization, the São Paulo City Hall awarded six schools of the municipality with Education Beyond the Plate Award. Organized by the Department of School Feeding of the Municipal Secretariat of Education, the award aimed at recognizing the role of school cooks and mobilized the school community around healthy food. 

All schools in the municipality were invited to present their projects to mobilize students, teachers, employees, and parents, and an innovative recipe based on the use of fruits and vegetables.

The Gambia promotes discussion on social protection

The Gambia became a stage for debates about social protection strategies from 2 to 4 December, when three different events took place in Banjul. The government of The Gambia organized an event to validate the country’s National School Feeding Action Plan, and held the Third National Consultative Forum on Social Protection. The country also hosted a technical workshop on how to build synergies in social protection programmes, for participants from Ethiopia, Brazil, Mozambique, Kenya, and The Gambia.