This mission arrived in the country on 17 June following a previous visit of the First Lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena de Lobo, to Brazil. Members of this Brazilian mission were Daniel Balaban, Director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil, Albaxeide Peixoto, President of the School Feeding Fund in Brazil, and representatives of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, FAO and the WFP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
TEGUCIGALPA –The mission visited various schools in La Paz and Comayagua where they met with local education and municipal authorities and parents’ committees with the aim of understanding how the School Feeding Programme is managed in Honduras.
Visitors also met with smallholder farmers participating in the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, which aims to connect farmers to local markets. The mission had the opportunity to understand the importance of this programme that currently benefits more than 11,500 small holder farmers nationwide. To date the Honduran School Feeding Programme has purchased 35% of its food from these small holder farmers.
The Brazilian mission also met with the First Lady of Honduras, and the Ministers of Education, Social Development, Planning, and Agriculture and Livestock to exchange ideas about the School Feeding Programme. Government leaders pledged to increase their recommendations within the news few weeks to strengthen this social programme that has been implemented through a strategic partnership between WFP and the government for 13 years.
The First Lady also plans to organize and invite Presidential candidates to so they can better understand the School Feeding Programme and its scope. The idea is to generate among candidates and its supporters a long-term commitment so that more than 1.4 million children from 20,700 public schools remain daily beneficiaries of this programme