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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
The 15th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) will be held in Bahia, Brazil between May 20-24 2013. The event will bring public and private sectors together to discuss school feeding programmes as a national investment as well as its impacts on social and economic development. The Forum aims to promote policy dialogue among different stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of sustainable school feeding programmes.
The 2013 GCNF is being organised by WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation.
2013 Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) to take place May 20-24
Brasilia- The three delegations, which are each composed of a mixture of ministers, civil servants, technicians and WFP country representatives, will be in Brazil between 10th and 20th of September. For Malawi this will be a follow-up mission, attempting build upon the action plan for establishing a national school feeding programme devised on their first visit to the Centre in March. Their experience will be a concentrated programme based in Brasilia and seek to address some of the implementation challenges that have become apparent since the initial study visit.
Delegations from Haiti, Senegal and Malawi are to visit Brazil for a full programme of discussions, field trips and workshops. These study visits, which serve to showcase the Brazilian example of integrating government-supported purchasing from smallholder farmers with social protection such as the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE), are designed to function as a forum for the visiting countries to develop their own strategies for developing sustainable and nationally-owned programmes.
The mission, composed of representatives from the ministries of local government, food and agriculture and education as well as members of the WFP Ghana Country Office, will start with a field trip to Natal, Brazil northeast region, followed by an official agenda with Brazilian authorities in Brasilia.
Ghana is in the formative stages of establishing a universal home-grown school feeding programme as part of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). Their aim is to spend 80 per cent of the feeding cost in the local communities; thus the Brazilian example of the integration of government-supported purchasing from smallholoder farmers (PAA) with social protection such as the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) is an instructive model.
Throughout the two-week study visit, hosted by the Centre, the delegates will be introduced to the historical development and institutional framework of Brazil´s Zero Hunger Strategy, which encompasses PNAE and its linkages to family agriculture, and meet many of the key actors and organisations involved in the production and distribution of food at a local level.
Brasilia - A high-level delegation from Ghana´s government to visit Brazil for exchange on school feeding and local purchase initiatives between August 20th and 31st
The mission, composed of representatives from the Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (SNDIF), will start with a field trip to Natal, Brazil northeast region, followed by an official agenda with Brazilian authorities in Brasilia.
The delegation will participated in a series of learning sessions, presentations and visit to public schools with the aim of fostering knowledge exchanges around successful policy interventions aimed at reducing food insecurity and tackling extreme poverty via school feeding programmes. Under the Mexican government and WFP Regional Bureau requests, WFP Centre of Excellence is providing logistical and working on a multi-stakeholders coordination.
South-South policy dialogue on social protection
The Mexican mission is also interested in the multi-sectoral approach behind Hunger Zero Strategy. Created by former Lula’s Government in 2003, the Zero Hunger Strategy is an umbrella plan comprising of a variety of safety net and social protection programmes tailored to the needs of different segments of the population.
The initiative has a strong focus on food and nutritional security, which consists of more than 20 programmes in four axes of intervention. Its creation was a milestone in the recognition of food and nutrition as a leading and cross-cutting priority on the political agenda. Zero Hunger is a combination of continuity and innovation. On the one hand it introduced major programmes such as the Bolsa Família, a conditional cash transfer scheme. On the other, it incorporated a range of existing initiatives in an effort to put together a multi-sector array of public interventions to tackle hunger and guarantee universal access to quality food, such as the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) with its linkages to family agriculture.
Brasilia - A high-level delegation from Mexico's government to visit Brazil for exchange on school feeding initiatives between August 6th and 10th.