Centre of Excellence against Hunger News
The latest edition of the Global Nutrition Report was launched simultaneously in multiple locations around the world on 14 June 2016. The publication acts as a report card on the world’s nutrition — globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to improve it. It assesses progress in meeting Global Nutrition Targets established by the World Health Assembly.
On 15 June, the Permanent Representation of Brazil and the WFP Centre of Excellence will hold a side event to mark the fifth anniversary of the Centre, during the World Food Programme’s Executive Board meeting. The event will discuss the impact of the WFP Centre of Excellence over the last five years supporting developing countries in the establishment of sustainable school feeding programmes and other holistic safety nets integrated to social policies at national levels.
From 6 to 8 June, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger held a mission to Mozambique to facilitate the Seminar on Popular Restaurants, organized by the office of the first lady, Dr. Isaura Nyusi. The seminar counted on the participation of the government of the Brazilian Federal District (GDF) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). The goal of the partnership with the Centre is to ensure that the government of Mozambique receive the required technical assistance to implement a popular restaurant initiative similar to the Brazilian experience.
A team of consultants responsible for conducting an external evaluation of WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger was in Addis Ababa, last week, to follow the discussions of the II WFP Regional Workshop, and to carry out surveys and interviews with countries’ governments and WFP staff members participating in the event.
Representatives of the WFP and the African Union gathered in Addis Ababa for the II WFP Regional Workshop - Home-Grown School Feeding: How to Integrate Systems held a parallel meeting to discuss the next steps of the partnership between the two institutions. The main topic of the meeting was the study on the benefits of school feeding in African countries that is being conducted in partnership with the WFP Centre of Excellence.
A group of 38 WFP staff members and representatives from around 30 African countries participated from May 30 to June 3 in the II WFP Regional Workshop - Home-Grown School Feeding: How to Integrate Systems, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation launched a publication to highlight good practices from Southern nations that are relevant to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Called “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for sustainable Development”, the publication presents initiatives in which developing countries turn to one another to address common challenges, and the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is one of the experiences featured.
In Africa, many governments are already engaged in designing and implementing nationally-led school feeding programmes, some of them with the technical assistance of the WFP Centre of Excellence. As the debates on school feeding as a driver of sustainable development gain momentum, the African Union, the WFP Regional Office in Dakar, and the WFP Centre will hold in Addis Ababa the II WFP Regional Workshop on Home-Grown School Feeding – How to integrate systems.
An area of 120 hectares is the territory of 28 families in Quilombo Senhor do Bonfim, in the municipality of Areia, in Paraiba state. In 2011, they ended a long process of recognition as quilombo remnants and received the title of their land, where they produce banana, cassava, kale, peppers, sweet potatoes, orange, lemon and other fruits, vegetables and tubers.
Smallholder farming is a central point of Brazil's strategy to fight hunger and poverty. The strengthening of this activity generates income for rural families, who are among the groups most vulnerable to food insecurity, facilitates access to healthy food and supports the culture and eating habits of each region.