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Global Child Nutrition Forum 2013 Kicks Off In Brazil

BRASILIA – Close to 300 delegates from 37 countries are converging today on Costa do Sauípe, Brazil, to exchange experiences and debate options to strengthen school feeding programmes for millions of children worldwide at the Global Child Nutrition Forum 2013.

Ministers from across Africa, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia and Sudan, are attending the event which starts today and concludes on Friday 24 May, along with senior government figures from other countries including  Costa Rica, Haiti, Iraq and  Tajikistan.

“It is vital to get everyone together to learn from each other so no child will go hungry in school in the future,” said Daniel Balaban, Director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brasilia. “We are honoured to co-host this first-ever conference outside Africa or the United States.”

The five-day forum is an intensive workshop on methodologies and experiences to improve school feeding. Delegates will have the opportunity for training on using the School Feeding Toolkit, developed by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, and on developing sustainable school feeding programmes, by the UN World Food Programme  (WFP) and the World Bank.

Participants will also be able to join field trips to different regions of the Bahia state to learn first-hand about local experiences and elements of the Brazilian School Feeding Programme: a smallholder farm, a local cooperative, a distribution centre and a school.

During the Forum, WFP will launch its new report State of School Feeding Worldwide 2013 on 24 May. Prepared in collaboration with the World Bank and the Partnership for Child Development, the report provides for the first time, a global overview of the dimensions of school feeding, which shows that an estimated 368 million children receive a meal at school every day.  The report presents data from a global survey, maps, case studies and analysis.

The Forum has been organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation since 1997, and this edition is co-hosted by the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, based in Brasilia. The Centre aims to respond to the requests of national governments to strengthen their capacities on sustainable school feeding and other programmes against hunger, and to share global knowledge in these fields.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Each year WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Marcio Kameoka, WFP/Brasilia, Tel. +55 61 2193 8513, Mob. +55 61 9260 9835