Centre of Excellence against Hunger News

News from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger.

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.

Delegations share impressions about Brazil

In Brasilia, the delegations held extensive meetings to discuss their Action Plans. In the exercise, the three countries talked about their impressions on the visit to Brazil.

Laos representatives said they were impressed by the Brazilian government political will and commitment to social programmes and policies. They also mentioned being impressed by the active Brazilian civil society. Regarding school feeding what caught their attention most was the legal and administrative framework in place and the nutrition aspect present in different levels of national policies.

Cameroon, Laos and Zimbabwe visit rural settlement near Brasilia

After a week in Salvador, the delegations of Cameroon, Laos and Zimbabwe traveled to Brasilia to learn more about the Brazilian social policies and programmes in fighting hunger. The visit allied practice and theory to help the delegations build their Action Plans about food security and school feeding.

The three countries’ representatives were in Brazil for a two-week study visit organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence, to use Brazil social protection programmes as an inspiration towards wider South-South technical cooperation.

Countries visit school in poor community in Salvador

Delegations from Cameroon, Laos, and Zimbabwe visited on Wednesday the State School Jesus Cristo, in the Pau de Lima neighborhood, a poor community in Salvador. The school was created 58 years ago and it teaches over 1,500 students, including in pre-school. 

“School feeding is key to the development of the mind and the body of children. Our kids are here since kindergarten precisely to avoid the risk of mental and intellectual development delay”, says Telma Barreto, vice-president of the school.

Delegations participate in field trip in Bahia

After attending a seminar about the Brazilian social policies and programmes, the delegations of Cameroon, Laos, and Zimbabwe traveled to the municipality of Irará, near Salvador, to visit smallholder farmers and schools and understand how the Brazilian programmes work and what impacts they have on people’s livelihoods.

Brazil Africa Institute wants to collaborate with the Centre

The president of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte, participated in the study visit organized by the Centre for delegations from Cameroon, Laos, and Zimbabwe in Salvador. On Wednesday, the group visited the State School Jesus Cristo, in the community of Pau de Lima, to see in practice the Brazilian model of school feeding, and on Thursday they attended seminars on food security.

“When we bring these delegations to Brazil, they go back to Africa talking about successful experiences.