The Centre of Excellence against Hunger signed on 6 May a memorandum of understanding with the municipality of São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America. The agreement stipulates that the Centre and the municipality will collaborate on initiatives to disseminate the Brazilian experiences in the area of food security and social protection. The signing took place during the launch of the Education Beyond the Plate Award, an initiative undertaken by the city government with the support of the Centre to recognize outstanding new recipes for healthy eating in public schools.
The agreement was signed by the director of the Centre of Excellence, Daniel Balaban, and the mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad. The award encourages the school community to discuss food and health habits, and the six best dishes will be added to the menu of school lunches in public schools. "The quality of school meals is reflected in the quality of life. It has an immediate impact on education and health: in education because a well-nourished child learns more, and in health because the healthy habits will accompany those kids throughout their entire lives," said Mr. Haddad.
The educators and cooks that develop the two best dishes of the city, one hot and one cold, will be awarded a trip to Africa. "These projects will be shown not only in São Paulo, but in Brazil and the world. We will take the winners to some countries in Africa so they can learn about the reality of these places and share their experiences with people who are eager to know the Brazilian solutions to school feeding," said Daniel Balaban.
The MoU stipulates that the Centre of Excellence and the city of São Paulo will work together to share the Brazilian experiences in food and social security, improve the activities related to the National School Feeding Programme through technical support and foster programmes that grant access to markets for farmers.