Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

Centre publishes article on Global Policy journal

“Modern Brazil is about so much more than just football and behind the dramatic economic growth of recent years, there is another success story that marks Brazil out as a global leader. Starting around the turn of the millennium, Brazil supported a change in social policy that achieved the equivalent of a silent revolution in terms of improving nutrition for millions of families that had previously been living in poverty.

El Salvador mission on Brazilian food and nutrition security programmes

Brasilia - The objective of the technical mission is to gain in-depth understanding on the Brazilian successful “Zero Hunger” Strategy. Other key processes involved in designing and transition to a sustainable school meals programme and its linkages with smallholder agriculture were also included in the agenda. The delegation is composed of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Council on Food Security and Nutrition (CONASAN), the National School Feeding Programe and WFP Country Office.

Tanzania's mission to Brazil sees school feeding as an investment, not expenditure

WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger hosted one more African country’s mission on school feeding between 19-30 November 2012. The objective of Tanzania’s technical visit is to gain in-depth understanding on key processes involved in designing and transition to a sustainable school meals programme including policy, legal and financial frameworks. Check our online photo gallery here.

Food education it’s not luxury, it’s a necessity.

How did people react when you told them you´re writing a book about school meals?   Here in Canada, where 90% of kids bring a packed lunch to school from home—we’re one of the only industrialized nations in the world without a nutrition program for school-aged children—there is a lot of interest from parents, educators and even children in what kids eat at lunch.

Social innovation: tackling poverty through home grown school feeding programmes

The first week of learning sessions took place in Brasilia from 3rd-5th October. Meetings with government authorities, such as, the General-Coordinator for Actions against Hunger of the Ministry of External Relations, Minister Milton Rondó, gave the delegations an overview of Brazilian social protection context. They also participated in field trips to smallholder farms and cooperatives and schools in both rural and urban contexts.

The First Year of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger

In November 2011, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger was officially launched in Brazil. The Centre is a global hub for policy dialogue and South-South learning in school feeding, nutrition and food security programmes. The Centre, a partnership between WFP and the Brazilian government, was created to support governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America in developing sustainable solutions against hunger.

Senegal and Haiti complete a study visit to Brasilia and Salvador

WFP already has a close relationship with both Senegal and Haiti. Although being located in different continents, both countries suffer from similarly high levels of food insecurity and, being dependent on imports to meet consumption needs, the high food prices of recent years have exacerbated existing challenges.  In Senegal 70 per cent of women and children under 5 are iron deficient and a little over half have access to iodised salt (CSFVA, 2010).

Malawi delegation hails follow-up mission an “inspiring experience”

Brasilia- Nearly half of Malawi´s households are classified as having a poor food consumption score, something which is reflected in the country´s worryingly high child mortality rate. Malnutrition remains a widespread problem, with 48 per cent of children under the age of five years being stunted, 22 per cent severely malnourished and 5 per cent wasted (FAO, 2012). The establishment of a school feeding programme is thus of paramount importance to Malawi.

Ghana delegation spends two weeks in Brazil for exchange on linking school feeding programmes to local purchase initiatives

Brasilia- Throughout the visit the Centre aimed to provide the delegation with a stimulating environment for sharing ideas and reflecting on the opportunities and challenges of exporting aspects of the Brazilian experience to an African context. Ghana is itself in the formative stages of establishing a universal home-grown school feeding programme as part of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), launched in 2005, has today scaled up to cater for 1.5 million children in all the 170 districts.

Rwanda to implement school feeding programme after study visit to Brazil

WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger visited Rwanda to follow-up on April´s study visit. The government of Rwanda and the visiting delegation composed of representatives from the Centre of Excellence, FNDE and ABC, agreed on a number of proposed next steps to implement the national school feeding programme.