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The Ministry of Education of Zambia requested the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger’s support towards an effective implementation of a homegrown school feeding programme (HGSFP) in the country. A mission of consultants to Zambia happened from 11 -21 November.

In collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme, the transition from a partner-implemented school feeding programme to a HGSFP is becoming a reality. In 2013, Zambia representatives did two study visits to Brazil that left them impressed with the multi-sectorial nature of the Brazilian approach.

The promotion of a HGSF model represents the Zambia government’s commitment to address the many difficulties facing the rural poor. Furthermore, the provision of school meals ensures that children from poor households can have equal access to Education and Health.

The inclusion of agriculture and nutrition’s perspectives in the school feeding programme also connects with the government’s policy on diversified agriculture and improved nutrition. The development of a HGSF Policy therefore intends to engage all key sectors and players to buy into the programme.  

In action

The Centre of Excellence’s consultants Nadia Goodman and Cristina Murphy were in Zambia to support the development of a Concept Note to draw the steps towards the development of the Policy. As part of the consultancy, a field visit to Mumbwa took place on 12 and 13 November with the School Feeding Coordinator of the Ministry of Education, Ms. Faith Nchito, Edna Kalaluka, WFP Senior Programme Officer, and Fanwell Hamusonde, WFP Field Coordinator for the District of Mumbwa. During the meeting, they met representatives from the District of Mumbwa and two primary schools Chikanda and Shimbizhi Primary Schools to discuss their involvement in the development of the HGSF policy and programme.

During a week in Lusaka, the consultants were joined by the Regional Bureau advisor Mr Svante Helms and staff member of the Zambia Country Office. They had meetings with stakeholders from different ministries, development partners and civil society institutions. The preliminary findings and a set of recommendations were presented to Patrick Nkanza, the Permanent Secretary, and Owen Mgemezulu, Director of Planning and Information from the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education.

The findings included: across all levels the school feeding programme is well received; finance resource commitment to the programme is commendable; commitment and enthusiasm towards the programme at local level was high. The outcome of this mission will be a concept note, a draft policy outline and a road map providing the next steps for the Zambian HGSF policy development to be done next year. 

Consultants from the WFP Centre of Excellence visited Zambia to discuss a concept note towards the development of a new school feeding programme. They met with government officials, WFP country office members and local partners.


Translations into Portuguese, French and Spanish of the report “Structured Demand and Smallholders Farmers in Brazil” were released this week. The original study in English was launched in October 2013 as a partnership between the WPF Centre of Excellence against Hunger and IPC-IG (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth). 

The publication analyzes the case studies of two Brazilian projects: the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA) and the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE). It shows that supplying schools with food items grown by smallholder farmers is an effective way to strength family farming and reduce poverty while promoting the fight against hunger. 

Only in the last three months of 2013, the article was downloaded more than 20 thousand times from IPC web site, indicating great demand for the topic.

All versions of the report are available here: 





Publication launched by the Centre of Excellence originally in English has versions in Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is selecting a professional to work as South-South Programme Specialist in its office in Brasília. The main role of this professional will be to guide the Centre‘s study visit initiative, including assessment of visiting countries’ needs, design of study visit programme, coordination with WFP Country Office, ABC and other stakeholders, and management of the execution of the visit.

The Centre is looking for a professional with university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, international affairs, social sciences, development studies, urban development, nutrition or a field relevant to international development assistance. Master degree in one of the mentioned areas will be an advantage. This person will ensure an effective learning environment for visiting countries and will support policy dialogue and the elaboration of action plans. The goal is to facilitate the establishment of or the transition to nationally-owned school feeding programmes and other policies to tackle hunger.

The professional must have at least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in the programme area, including in developing settings on urban and rural poverty alleviation programme, food security, South-South Cooperation, capacity development and/or social protection. Project management and administration experience is also required, as well as fluency in both written and oral Portuguese and English. 

If you think you are the perfect candidate, click here for more information and send us your application until November 16.

The Centre looks for professinals with solid experience in programme and fluency in English and Portuguese to manage the Centre's study visits programme. Apllications must be sent until November 16.

Today the Centre of Excellence against Hunger completes three years. Launched in November 2011, it is a partnership between the UN World Food Program and the Brazilian government. The proposal is to build bridges with Latin America, Africa and Asia to share experiences about school feeding, nutrition and food security.

Since 2011, the Centre received 30 countries in study visits to Brazil, and 18 of them are designing or implementing innovative national policies, with technical support from the Centre. “We realized that the countries’ commitment to policy implementation is considerably higher when governments, civil society and the private initiative are involved since the creation of these policies. That is why we don’t offer ready solutions to the countries, we just offer the technical support they need to find their own solutions to fight hunger and poverty”, said Daniel Balaban, Director of the Centre of Excellence.

The policies and programmes these countries are developing and implementing are groundbreaking, like the case of Bangladesh’s initiative for the preparation of a National School Feeding Policy and Strategy. Hot meals, called “khichuri”, have been introduced in selected areas. The meal is prepared locally at school level with the involvement of local communities. Vegetables required for meals are being procured from local women growers. The initiative now covers 20,000 children in 100 schools. According to WFP Bangladesh, a review will be undertaken in early 2015 in partnership with the Government to understand operational challenges of hot meals and the implications to scale up this modality. 

Senegal is debating to include in its Constitution the human right to food, while Malawi prepares the draft of a new national school feeding policy. Gambia will host in December a national forum about social protection to strengthen the ties between school feeding and family farming in the country, and Mozambique approved its first school feeding programme in national scale. All of these initiatives are taking place with technical support from the Centre of Excellence.

Delegations came to Brazil from different all over the world, like Haiti, Mali, Ethiopia, Philippines and Pakistan, summing up approximately 300 persons, including ministers, secretaries of state, congressmen, technicians and representatives of United Nations’ agencies and NGOs.

The Minister of Education of Lesotho, Makabelo Mosothoane, said during her study visit in August 2013: “before I came to Brazil, I thought we were going to meet people in the office, sit down, talk, and then go back to my country. But we saw different activities done in the country, like agriculture and school feeding. We saw action in place; it was very surprising. We even tasted the meals eaten by the students, and the food was fresh, you could see the students were happy”.


From paper to action

Study visits are organized by the Centre as the first phase of exchange. Visiting countries and organizations have the opportunity to get to know in depth the Brazilian model to overcome hunger. International reference in the subject, Brazil proposes to share its experience and expertise with other countries so they can be inspired and look for capacity building to design their own models and social programmes.

In practical terms, the visits involve a series of meetings, trainings, debates and field trips to schools and smallholder farms in Distrito Federal, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio Grande do Sul. The process concludes with the elaboration of an exclusive action plan according to each country’s needs, to be implemented with technical support from the Centre.

The Centre support includes hiring consultants that spend from two to six months in the countries, working side by side with the government team and the World Food Programme’ country office staff to detail steps necessary to turn planned activities into reality. In total, eight countries received consultants and the Centre already trained professionals to support eight countries more. Five other countries received consultancies directly from the Centre’s team, with technical mission trips. Furthermore, the Centre helps the organization of a big national consultation workshop to mobilize relevant stakeholders to commit with the implementation of the action plan and the policies and programmes drafted. In three years, six countries already conducted their national seminars.

After two study visits to Brazil, Ethiopia started the process to create its school feeding policy. According to Ahmed Shide, minister of Finance: “there is a political will for the execution of a National School Feeding Programme. The only thing that we need now is to implement it and make it into a public policy. The Centre is supporting us to create a new future for Ethiopia”.

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Exchange of experiences in the fight against hunger promotes food security and social protection around the world; 30 countries from Latin America, Africa and Asia visited Brazil.

It has been five days of intense exchange of knowledge among representatives of 40 countries, from all over the world. Participants were invited to think about their countries’ strategies to ensure sustainable home-grown school feeding programmes, to discuss the benefits of investing in school feeding with focus on nutrition, and to propose ways for the group to influence the post-2015 global agenda. After debates, lightning rounds, side events, field trips, the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum is over.

The 250 participants, including 10 ministers and four deputy ministers of state from African countries, agreed on a communiqué that outlines the Forum’s views and recommendations on the role of nutrition in sustainable school feeding programmes, particularly where linked to local agriculture. The document recognizes the significance of the Zero Hunger Challenge, the Post-2015 agenda, and the potential of school feeding to contribute both directly and indirectly to achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Based on this recognition, the communiqué recommends that governments consider school feeding programmes as an investment and not an expenditure, and that sustainable school feeding programmes that incorporate nutritious and diet diverse meals linked to smallholder farmer production be recognized as a key strategy for the achievement of the Zero Hunger Challenge, and the SDGs.

Daniel Balaban, director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, said: "we can only achieve a good result if we work together. We need to persevere. If we work hard and believe in what we are doing, everything we want will happen." Gene White, president of the board of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, said: “we are closing today. It has been an incredible week, full of learning and sharing. We leave now back to our countries but we are still partners looking ahead  to everything we can achieve together."

Exchange of experiences

Participants had many opportunities to share knowledge, especially during break time at the market place. The event’s programme also privileged methodologies to facilitate the exchange of experiences. During the lightning rounds, delegates presented the challenges and accomplishments of each country. The minister of education of Lesotho, Ms. Makabelo Mosothoane, highlighted the support received from the Centre of Excellence and the advance in school feeding her country experienced after the study visit to Brazil, but she also mentioned that capacity building, financial resources, schools infrastructure and difficulties in purchasing food from local farmers are still challenges.

The representatives of Mozambique told the group that the country created its National School Feeding Programme in 2013, which is still in pilot phase. They see great improvements in the purchase of food items from smallholder farmers and positive impacts on educational indicators; however the challenges are similar to those faced by Lesotho and many other countries. The Mozambican delegates also mentioned the partnership with the Centre of Excellence as game changing.

During the event, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger was reached by delegates of 20 countries interested in discussing in bilateral meetings the ongoing support they are receiving from the Centre or the necessary steps to begin a partnership with the WFP Centre of Excellence. In a bilateral meeting with Jordan, for example, Daniel Balaban explained what kind of technical assistance the Centre provides, how it was created as a partnership between WFP and the Brazilian government, and how Brazil’s policies were effective to significantly reduce poverty and hunger in the country.

The 2014 Forum was organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, in partnership with the World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger. The Global Forum was supported by the Brazilian government, through the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE), the Social Service for Industry Brazil (SESI), and the government of South Africa. The event organization was also supported by WFP South Africa Regional Office.

Read The 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum Communiqué.

Participants recommend that governments consider school feeding programmes as an investment and not as an expenditure, and that sustainable school feeding programmes that incorporate nutritious and diet diverse meals linked to smallholder farmer production be recognized as a key strategy for the achievement of the Zero Hunger 

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched a research initiative to conduct analysis of the Brazilian institutional food procurement experiences and food-based safety net programmes that source food from smallholder farmers. The purpose of the project is to share knowledge and evidence from the Brazilian experience to facilitate learning of governments and stakeholders in the area of public food procurement and food-based safety net programmes. The announcement was made during the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) that happened in South Africa, from 29 September to 3 October.

The Centre of Excellence is partnering with Brazilian research institutions to analyze the Brazilian experience in public food procurement, including those purchasing from family farmers. The studies aim at analyzing the purchase modalities, the history and the scale of public food procurement from smallholder farmers. They will also prepare a cost-analysis of the Brazilian home-grown school feeding programme (PNAE) and present an investment case study on it. The studies and their findings will be disseminated to governments, institutions and stakeholders interested in learning about and implementing similar strategies. The project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The research project will result in five different studies, conducted in partnership with two renowned research institutions based in Brazil: the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a research institute especialized in the evaluation of public programmes, and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on development innovations created by the United Nations Development Programme and the Brazilian Government. The results of the research will be released in 2015.

“What has been the Brazilian experience in buying from smallholder farmers for its national school feeding programme and other food-based safety nets? How has it been done? What is the return on investment? With idea to address these questions we are launching this initiative”, said Daniel Balaban, director of the Centre of Excellence, during the closing session at GCNF. “This project will allow interested governments to be better informed about why a government invests in smallholder procurement and food-based safety nets such as home-grown school feeding, be more aware of the costs and the potential benefits of such programmes and how they are linked to food security”, explains Balaban.

The Centre of Excellence and Brazilian research institutions will assess the Brazilian experiences in purchasing food from smallholder farmers for public programmes to fight hunger

After three days of debates, lectures, and intense exchange of experiences about the multiple benefits of school feeding programmes and how to make sure they are effective, sustainable and nutrition-focused, participants of the Global Child Nutrition Forum went for a field trip to South African schools, to see firsthand the different models in use at the country.

The participants were divided into five groups to visit five different schools. At the Theha-Setjhaba Primary School, in the province of Free State (Fezile Dabi District), visitors saw the school has three committees (finance, nutrition and environment), which are responsible for administrating the finances, the menu and sanitation. The programme includes a food garden that provides fresh vegetables to complement the meals served to the school’s 1,289 students.

The Nelson Mandela Primary School, also in the province of Free State (Fezile Dabi District), has 1,583 students and receives funds quarterly from the provincial Department of Education to buy food and gas from local companies. It has a small kitchen with industrial food preparation equipment and food is stored in a proper storage room. Every week, 400 litres of milk are delivered to school, and the supplier provided a milk cooler to ensure that it stays fresh.

The third group of GCNF participants visited the Bophelong Primary School, in the province of Gauteng (Sedibeng District), with 1,190 students. The programme is managed by a Nutrition Committee and food is purchased and delivered to school by a service provider who is contracted by the provincial office. The school raises funds to purchase some eating utensils and spices. The school works with the Community Work Programme of the Local Municipality, which provides workers to maintain a food garden. 

The director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, Daniel  Balaban, and the president of the board of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Gene White, visited Laerskool Parksig Farm School, in the province of Gauteng (Sedibeng West District), with 629 students. They were joined by WFP Good Will Ambassador Hlubi Mboya, one of the most loved TV actresses in southern Africa. Food is purchased and delivered to school by a service provider contracted by the provincial office. The school has a well-equipped makeshift kitchen and eating utensils donated by a private company. The school serves learners with a balanced meal (protein, starch, vegetable or a fruit). The daily feeding register indicates that milk, porridge and a fruit is the most popular menu. Since the introduction of nutritious cooked meals, the learners’ health has improved significantly because there are no cases of head sores.

The fifth school visited by the GCNF participants was Sapphire Secondary School, in the province of Gauteng (Sedibeng West District), with 1,408 students. Food is purchased from the local companies, and deliveries are checked for quality and quantity. The school ensures that learners are served a balanced meal on a daily basis as set in the provincial menu. Milk and phuthu is a popular menu. The school has a good working relationship with the parents and the programme is administered by the School Nutrition Committee. 

The participants of the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum visited five schools in South Africa to see firsthand their school feeding programmes

Representatives of nine countries of the West Africa region held a meeting to discuss common strategies to develop sustainable school feeding programmes. They took the opportunity of being together at the Global Child Nutrition Forum, in Johannesburg, and after the event’s opening ceremony they met with representatives of the World Food Programme to debate on how to prioritize school feeding throughout the region

The meeting was an initiative of the minister of Education of Niger, Ms. Mariama Elhadji Ibrahim, and ministers from Benin, Senegal, Mali, Chad, Cape Verde, and Togo were in attendance. The Gambia and Côte D’Ivoire also sent representatives. Ms. Mariama Elhadji Ibrahim explained her expectations: “the objective is to exchange common worries among the West African countries regarding school feeding programmes, to recognize the efforts of each country in conducing institutional reforms and elaborating strategic documents to tackle poverty and improve education, and to identify difficulties that can pose a threat to what we have already accomplished”.

Daniel Balaban, director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, stated that “the Brazilian experience demonstrates that school feeding is an effective investment into a country’s development”. He explained that the Centre’s objective is to support countries in designing and implementing a new generation of school feeding programmes appropriate to the reality of each country and under the responsibility of the countries’ governments.

School feeding programmes have impacts on three basic areas, education, food security, and inclusive production. “It is one of the most important political decisions a country can make”, said Mr. Balaban. “There is a relation between school feeding and a child’s performance in school. I make an appeal today for us to work together to mobilize high-level stakeholders in each country, since we all understand the importance of school feeding”, said Mr. Eric Kouagou N’da, minister of Education of Benin.

During the meeting, participants discussed the basis of a communiqué, to be attached to the Global Child Nurition Forum’s communiqué, as part of their strategy to mobilize different stakeholders around school feeding programmes. Ms. Jacqueline Nana Marie Togola, minister of Education of Mali, said that school feeding has tangible impacts on smallholder farmers: “I reiterate the importance of maintaining our investments in school feeding,” she said.

Mr. Ouro-Koura Agadazi, minister of Agriculture of Togo, Dr. Fernanda Maria Marques, minister of Education of Cape Verde, Mr. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, minister of Education of Senegal, and Mr. Ahmat Khazali Acyl, minister of Education of Chad, also shared their school feeding experiences and stressed the importance of working together to mobilize people, institutions, and resources to improve school feeding in the West Africa region. Minister Togola, from Mali, proposed the realization of a second meeting.

A group of ministers and government officials from nine countries of West Africa gathered during the Global Child Nutrition Forum to discuss common challenges to the creation and implementation of home-grown, sustainable school feeding programmes.

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.

After being greeted by the Centre director, Daniel Balaban, the delegation had a meeting with representatives of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. Brazilian congressman Padre João, who is involved in assuring that Brazilian legislation addresses issues related to food security, school feeding, and smallholder farmers, explained to the Bolivian delegation how Brazil managed to create a school feeding law, a school feeding national policy, and a food security national policy. “Data show that well fed kids have better performance in school. Access to food is a matter of social justice”, said Padre João.


Congressman Padre João discusses the Brazilian school feeding law

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira

Congresswoman Ingrid Zabala, from Bolivia, said: “We have a school feeding bill waiting for approval. There are no doubts that providing adequate food to kids is not and expense, it is an investment. We want Brazil’s help to see clearly the benefits of school feeding to the farmers. With this clarity, we will be able to move quickly to approve the new law”.

The delegation had meetings with the Brazilian National fund for the Development of Education (FNDE) to understand how the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) is funded and what are the general rules of the programme. They also visited the National Council of Food and Nutritional Security and were received by councilor Nathalie Beghin, who explained the mechanisms to assure civil society participation in the elaboration and implementation of policies and programmes related to food security.

Field Trip

After discussing the Brazilian strategies to support smallholder farmers with the Secretary for Family Farming of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and the Company for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension of the Federal District (EMATER-DF), the delegation went in a field trip to São Sebastião, in the rural area of the Federal District. They visited a cooperative of milk producers, which provides dairies to the local school feeding programme.

The cooperative sells milk, cheese and yogurt. They started with 30 producers and now have almost 200 cooperates. According to the cooperative president, Luiz Torres, around 80 percent of its sales are made through public purchase programmes, including the school feeding programme. “We depend upon the public procurement, because it is our insurance that our production is going to be sold by a fair price. We can’t compete with the big dairy industry, so selling to the government is the best way to access markets”, says Mr. Torres. He also explains the advantages of being a cooperate: the cooperative buys even small amounts of milk, the price is fair, and the profit is divided among the cooperates. 

Property of Mr. Rivaldo Gonçalves, where he produces 300 litres of milk per day

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira


The delegation visited the property of Mr. Rivaldo Gonçalves, milk producer that participates in the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA). Mr. Gonçalves lives in his property with his wife and three kids. He works alone to produce 300 liters of milk per day. When he started 10 years ago, he was producing 10 liters per day, and he credits the improvement to the assistance received from EMATER: “raising cattle is complex. The technical assistance we receive from Emater, with agronomists, veterinarians, is crucial”.

He receives not only technical assistance, but also credit. According to Mr. Gonçalves, the downside of selling his produce to the government is delay in payments, which can make it difficult for him to pay his debts. Still, he thinks raising cattle is better than living in the city: “We see many people leaving the countryside to go to the cities chasing better life opportunities. I did the opposite, and I hope my sons will be able to stay here and live a good life here”.

In order to get to know the whole chain of the school feeding programme, the Bolivian delegation visited a rural school to talk to staff members about the execution of the programme from the school point of view. To close the field trip, the participants had lunch in the popular restaurant of São Sebastião, which is an important part of the Brazilian food security strategy. Popular restaurants are subsided to serve nutritious meals in food-insecure areas for a very low price (US$ 0.50). The Federal District has 13 popular restaurants. Each one of them serve 3,000 meals per day.

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Representatives of the Bolivina Congress and of WFP Bolivia Country Office and Panama Regional Office visited Brasilia to discuss school feeding and its benefits to children and smallholder farmers.

As part of the partnership between the Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the British Ambassador in Brazil, Alex Ellis, participated on 20 August in a field visit to a settlement in the rural area of the Federal District. The Fazenda Larga settlement is used by the Centre as an example of successful agricultural policy for delegations from developing countries on study visits to Brazil. 

Besides the ambassador, the director of the Centre of Excellence, Daniel Balaban, and the president of the Company for Technical Assistance and Rural Extension of the Federal District (Emater-DF), Marcelo Piccin, participated in the field visit. The Federal District is the only federal unit that provides technical assistance and rural extension to 100 percent of smallholder farmers and agrarian reform settlers. About 30% of farmers participate in institutional purchasing programmes such as the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA) and the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE). 

Jair Pinto's fish tank

Group visits Mr. Pinto's fish tank

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira


The Fazenda Larga settlement was created in 2003 in an area of 225 hectares, where 83 families reside. The smallholder farmers produce vegetables and fruits and raise poultry, fish and cattle. They sell part of their production to the PAA since 2009, and beginning in 2014 they are also supplying food items to the PNAE. Between 2012 and 2013, farmers of the Fazenda Larga sold 180 tons of food through public procurement. The field visit took place on the property of Jair Francisco Pinto, president of the Association of Producers of Fazenda Larga. 


The families of Fazenda Larga, before being settled, lived in an environmental protection are known as Sucupira Park. When residents of the park were removed in 2003, some of the families requested settlement in a rural area. Despite their lack of experience with agriculture, since most of the residents worked as teamsters and garbage collectors, they decided to invest in agricultural production as a new way of life. 

Over 12 years, the Emater offered training in irrigation, medicinal plants, pesticides, baking, environmental protection, fruits, vegetables, sewing, and others. Farmers arrived at Fazenda Larga with no water, no house and no electricity. Today they have irrigated crops, houses and electric power. "When we came here, we spent six months eating only pumpkin. Children were malnourished. Today we have yogurt, fruit, vegetables, we sell tomatoes, peppers, cassava", said Jair Pinto. 

Jair Pinto's first house when he arrived at the settlement

Jair Pinto's first house, when he arrived at the settlement

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira

Jair Pinto's current house

Jair Pinto's current house

Photo: WFP/Isadora Ferreira


"The idea is that families become increasingly independent from Emater, but the technical assistance is always important, because in addition to supporting productive activities, it also facilitates access to all the public policies available to the families," explained Marcelo Piccin. As the community evolves and expands the use of technology, the type of assistance offered by Emater transforms to address the new needs. 

The Emater encouraged farmers to invest in diversity of production to ensure food security to households and facilitate access to institutional purchase markets. The strategy has produced good results. The community begins to stand out as a producer of fruits and vegetables and to attract buyers, which ensures the income of the families. "What struck me on this visit to Fazenda Larga was what always catches my attention in Brazil: this rapid economic and social transformation," said the ambassador Alex Ellis.

Alex Ellis visited the Fazenda Larga settlement, used by the Centre as an example of successful agricultural policy for delegations from developing countries on study visits to Brazil