On May 17th and 18th Brasilia hosted a high-level event on agriculture and development: the International Seminar on The Role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa. Darana Souza, Programme Officer at the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, was invited to participate as a speaker in the Panel “Brazilian cooperation for development: new paradigm for agriculture development in Africa?”. Darana analysed the Paths for Brazil-Africa Cooperation in Food Security Policy, through the cooperation initiative PAA Africa.
Darana presented the food security policy context in Brazil and highligthed the Food Purchase Programme (PAA), which allows public purchase from family farmers for distribution in the social assistance networks. It reaches 200.000 farmers and distributes food to 15 million people a year. Another Brazilian programme was mentionned in her presentation, the National School Feeding Programme, PNAE, that provides at least one meal a day for students in the public education system, reaching one-quarter of Brazilian population. "African countries can learn a lot from the Brazilian experiences on different dimensions of food security. However, the cooperation experience will depend on how solidly it will be implemented and further developed in each country context", said Darana. Full presentation available here.
The Seminar brought together government representatives from African countries, Europe and China, as well as relevant stakeholders from the Brazilian Government, specialists from the United Nations System, and researchers to discuss policy and research priorities for international cooperation in the agricultural field. It was organized by the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Future Agriculture Consortium (FAC), UK Department for International Development (DFID), Articulação Sul, the International Cooperation Centre in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD),UN Women.
See photo gallery here and for some reflections and discussions from the seminar, please visite the following blogs:
Brazilian provision of cooperation in agriculture: politics and paths, by Iara Costa Leite, Articulação Sul
Should traditional donors be interfering in South-South cooperation?, by Daniel Bradley, DFID
After the honeymoon: what would a happy marriage between Brazil and Africa look like?, by Lídia Cabral, ODI/FAC
What would it take to make Brazil-Africa cooperation work?, by Blessings Chinsinga, Associate Professor, Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Brazil, China and Africa: options for adaptive cooperation in agriculture, by Prof. Qi Gubo, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University.
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