Addis Ababa - The largest forum of leading international school feeding experts - 2012 Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) – took place on 15-18 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Centre was represented by Daniel Balaban, Cynthia Jones and Christiani Buani. Hosted by the Government of Ethiopia, the event brought together experts from 23 sub Saharan African countries, international organizations, academia and NGOs. They highlighted the actions that countries have taken in stimulating economic development and improving food security through national school feeding programmes.
Daniel Balaban, Diretor of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, coordinated the panel session entitled “Experiences in building National School Feeding Programmes: challenges and ways forward - Perspectives from Malawi, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda”. Among the speakers: Dr. Bonaventure Maiga, Technical Advisor of the Minister of Education, Literacy and National Language Promotion in Mali, H.E. Manuel Rego, Director of Cooperation and Planning, Ministry of Education, Mozambique and M. Charles Mazinga, Director of the School Health and Nutrition Department in the Ministry of Education, Malawi.
The Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that will host the next GCNF in 2013 in Brazil. “We are committed to supporting home-grown school feeding programmes, strengthening the links between school feeding demand and local agricultural supply, reinforcing that school feeding is a Strong Investment”, said Balaban.
Countries around the world are implementing HGSF programmes, supported by increasing high-level political commitment particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, as demonstrated by the Forum delegations from 23 countries including 9 ministers and participants representing the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and other international organisations. The 2012 GCNF was co-hosted by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) with the Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London.
About the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger
The World Food Programme and the government of Brazil launched in partnership the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger to promote sustainable national social safety nets based on the successes and lessons learnt from the Brazilian experience. The WFP Centre of Excellence is a bridge for south-south cooperation in capacity development in the areas of school feeding, nutrition and food security. It brings southern nations together who want to learn and develop their own programmes. One major element of the Centre`s work has been exposing the Home-Grown School Feeding model and its powerful and transformative impact through the linkages to and supply by family agricultural production.
Learn more about WFP School Meals programme at: http://www.wfp.org/content/two-minutes-learn-about-school-feeding