South-South Cooperation


“The Centre of Excellence will provide a unique South-South bridge to food security”. WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran

The Centre for Excellence, located in Brasilia, aims to be at the cutting edge of South-South cooperation. The ability to share Brazil’s experience with other nations, and bring together the best practices and programmes from across the world is at the heart of the Centre of Excellence.

Through the Centre of Excellence, partner countries will be able to be exposed to Brazil and other national programmes and to learn from each other.Governments will be able to develop and improve their programmes by accessing a global platform to exchange information about school meals and good practices of their own school meals programmes. 

Why Brazil? 

As a world champion in the fight against hunger, Brazil has a wealth of experience that can be shared with governments eager to learn how they achieved that success and adapt it to their own countries.    

What is the Centre of Excellence Against Hunger?

Head of the Centre for Excellenge Against Hunger Daniel Balaban describes the role his institution will play in the fight against hunger. Watch video

     v  The success of Brazilian experience in poverty reduction and food security over the last ten years has generated a global interest in the Brazilian strategy, specifically in the ‘know-how’ of establishing legal, institutional and financial mechanisms to support   successful strategies in the fight against hunger. 

     v  The experience, of the Brazilian school feeding programme as a component of the Zero Hunger strategy (Fome Zero), contributes to the understanding on how to develop integrated and sustainable school meals programmes that are linked to social protection policy.

     v  The Zero Hunger strategy seeks to bolster local economies and value local diets and eating habits. It aims to increase the access to quality education while promoting the healthy physical, psychological and social development of school children.

     v  The National School Feeding Program has had a far-reaching impact on reducing child malnutrition by providing nutritious meals to children in all grades of Brazil’s public schools across the country. 47 million were served in 2010, with a minimum of 30% of the food supplied from local farms.

     v  The dramatic results that have already been achieved are a testament to the commitment and vision of Brazil’s leaders in government, civil society and the private sector.