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Centre of Excellence against Hunger Events

The Sudanese government has a pilot project in the area of home-grown school feeding and wants to create a national school feeding policy, inspired by the Brazilian experience, and based on their own experience with school feeding projects developed in partnership with the World Food Programme.

Participating government officials represent the Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Social Welfare, Education and Health, which indicates the intersectorial character of the initiative to create a national school feeding policy for Sudan. The focus of the study visit is the link between smallholder farming and school feeding and the entire chain of food supply for the programme.

The Sudanese government hopes to learn directly from the Brazilian government on the experience of the Zero Hunger Strategy, in addition to acquiring technical knowledge about the Brazilian model of management of the food supply chain for the National School Feeding Programme. With the mission to Brazil, the government hopes to mobilize political commitment of different government sectors to create a political and institutional framework conducive to the creation of the national school feeding policy.

In Brazil, the Sudanese delegation will have meetings with representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Health, Education, Social Development and Fight against Hunger, Agriculture and Agrarian Development. They will also participate in meetings with the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE), the National Supply Company (Conab), the National Council of Food and Nutrition Security (Consea), and engage in field visits to farmers, schools, community restaurants and food distribution centres, with support from the Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Enterprise of the Federal District (Emater-DF).

From 2-6 March, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger receives a delegation of Sudan, composed of four State ministers and five other high-ranking officers of the Sudanese government. They will be accompanied by two staff members of the World Food Programme country office in Sudan to take part in a study visit to learn more about the Brazilian experience of integration between school feeding and smallholder farming.

The Centre of Excellence is hosting a joint study visit for three countries from 24 November to 5 December. Cameroon, Laos, and Zimbabwe will take part on a seminar in Bahia about the Brazilian policies and programmes to fight hunger and poverty, will participate in field trips, and will visit Brasilia to exchange experiences with officials from the Brazilian government. The 12-day study visit will also be an opportunity for the three participant countries to exchange experiences among themselves. 

12-day study visit will be opportunity for participant  countries to exchange experiences with the Brazilian government and among themselves.

Since 1997, the annual Global Child Nutrition Forum has united leaders from developing countries for five days of intensive training, technical assistance and planning, all directed toward establishing country-operated sustainable school feeding programs. By sharing their insights, experiences and challenges, an informal worldwide alliance of leaders dedicated to advancing school feeding has evolved. As a result, the Forum has become a global catalyst for school feeding development.

The purpose of the Global Forum is to assist these leaders in starting or expanding school feeding programs linked to local farm production. The delegates represent countries developing new programs, or seeking to improve existing school feeding programs. Upon returning home they serve as resources in their countries and often for neighboring nations developing school feeding programs.

The Global Child Nutrition Forum is taking place in South Africa, from 29 September to 3 October. The event is considered the most important school feeding forum in the world, and this year’s edition is expected to gather 200 people from around 30 countries, including government officials and representatives of international cooperation and non-governmental organizations.

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger organized a study visit for a legislative delegation from Bolivia interested in exchanging experiences with Brazil about the design, approval and implementation of a national policy on school feeding. The delegation was in Brazil from August 26 to 29 to meet with representatives of the Brazilian Congress, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agrarian Development and institutions related to school feeding and smallholder agriculture.

Delegation from Bolivia has study visit to Brazil from August 26 to 29 to exchange information about school feeding.

On 4 June the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (RS), will host the international seminar "Institutional Purchase + Local Development". The event will be held by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), with support from the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. Representatives of the African countries of Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Gambia, as well as a delegation from Pakistan, will be attending. In addition to international delegations, the event will bring together representatives from federal, state, and  municipal governments.

The objective of the seminar is to support social development strategies in African countries through the exchange of Brazilian experiences in social policies, including governmental purchase of food from smallholder farmers, in particular the Food Acquisition Program (PAA).

After a national seminar held in December of 2012, during which Brazilian experts shared the Brazilian Zero Hunger experiences with Pakistan, the Pakistani government designed its National Zero Hunger Programme. In Brazil, the Pakistani delegation will hold meetings with representatives of most of the institutions involved in the Brazilian Zero hunger Strategy, to exchange experiences on the execution of the strategy and of the many programmes related to it. The Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE), the National Council for Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA) and the ministries of Agriculture and Agrarian Development are some of the institutions that will contribute to this study visit.
On the second week of the study visit, the delegation will go to Porto Alegre to participate in a seminar about institutional procurement of food and local development, held by the MDS in partnership with the Centre of Excellence against Hunger and with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

From 27 May to 6 June, a delegation from Pakistan will be in Brazil for a study visit organized by the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, with support from the WFP Pakistan Country Office. The focus of the visit will be getting to know the experiences and programmes related to the Zero Hunger Strategy in Brazil, since Pakistan is implementing its National Zero Hunger Programme. The delegation will be led by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, minister of National Food Security and Research.

The Centre of Excellence against hunger will sign a memorandum of understanding with the São Paulo municipality , the largest city in Latin America. The MoU will establish collaboration between the Centre and the city to disseminate the Brazilian experience in food security and social protection. The signing will take place during the launching of a joint initiative that will award the most innovative School Feeding projects in São Paulo.

The agreement will establish a partnership between the Centre and the largest city in Latin America to disseminate the Brazilian experience in fighting hunger and poverty

The Tunisian government has requested WFP’s technical assistance to establish a partnership to support a review of its national school feeding programme and to design and implement a high-quality and sustainable model.The study visit to Brazil is seen by the Tunisian government as one of the crucial learning tools to learn about how to develop multi-sector and sustainable school feeding models that are linked to social protection policies. They expect to experience firsthand the Brazilian food security success stories and gain in-depth knowledge from the Centre of Excellence against Hunger on how to design and implement a sustainable and effective national school feeding programme. They also believe the trip will help them establish opportunities for South-South dialogue and linkage between the Tunisian and the Brazilian governments.
The delegation is comprised of nine people, representing the ministries of Education, Agriculture, Social Affairs, Health, and International Affairs, and members of the WFP Tunisia Country Office as well. The trip to Brazil is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by WFP with the Ministry of Education for the provision of technical assistance to its national school feeding programme.  WFP Tunisia is implementing this technical assistance through the “Capacity Development in the Framework of the School Feeding Programme” project financed by the Government of the Russian Federation, and implemented in partnership with the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI).

A delegation from Tunisia is in Brazil from 23 to 30 April for a study visit to learn about how to develop multi-sector and sustainable school feeding models that are linked to social protection policies.

The Centre of Excellence will host a technical debate on nutrition and food fortification on April 15. The goal is to promote exchange of technical, historical, and conceptual information on the different strategies to tackle and prevent the relevant nutritional deficiencies in Brazil, among practitioners, policy makers, and academics.

The event will take place in Brasilia, at the Centre of Excellence, and will count on the participation of representatives of the Brazilian government, civil society and the academia

From April 7 to 17, the Centre of Excellence will host a study visit for three countries. Delegations from Benin, Burundi and Togo will arrive in Brazil to learn about the Brazilian experiences in fighting hunger and poverty. The combination of delegations from different countries will allow that the exchange of experiences happen not only with Brazil, but also between the visiting countries.

Delegations from Benin, Burundi and Togo will see first hand the Brazilian experiences in figthing hunger