Centre of Excellence against Hunger News
The Centre of Excellence against Hunger released today its Annual Report 2015. The publication contains the main activities, challenges and achievements of the Centre over the past year and highlights the support to the creation of regional cooperation networks on school feeding.
2015 was marked by the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 objectives that will guide the work of 193 signatory countries to promote fair, equitable and sustainable development by 2030.
From 4 to 8 April, the Centre of Excellence made a mission to Laos to see the country’s efforts in school feeding and to assess opportunities to support the implementation of the government’s action plan for the 2016-2020 period. Back to the office, Sharon Freitas, the Centre’s expert, presented a full report on the mission and the potential for collaboration between the Centre and the government of Laos and the WFP country office.
From 18 to 20 April, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger facilitated a School Meals Cost Analysis and Investment Case Workshop in The Gambia. The session was organized jointly by the WFP and the Gambia government to orient key partners on the use of the cost-benefit analysis tool and its impact on the sustainability of a national school meals system.
On 13 and 14 April, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger hosted a visit of the director of the WFP Nutrition Division, Ms. Lauren Landis, who came to Brazil to get acquainted with the Brazilian initiatives on food and nutrition security.
Ms. Landis held meetings with experts of the Centre of Excellence to discuss how it includes nutrition into the technical assistance provided to developing countries and what are the demands made by these countries in this area.
On 12 and 13 April, Manaus, capital of Amazonas state in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, hosted a global event on food and nutrition security. Researchers from Africa, South America, North America, Asia, Middle East and Europe gathered at the National Institute of Amazon Researches (INPA) for the creation of a Global Network of Research and Education Institutes for Food and Nutrition Security.
On April 12, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger participated in the School Feeding Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum explored national school feeding and other public food programmes and their potential to boost domestic agricultural production and local economic growth by procuring goods from smallholder farmers, the rural poor and women.
The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger sent an expert to Laos for an assessment mission of the country’s school feeding programme and the technical assistance the WFP Country Office has been providing to the government in this area. From 4 to 8 April, Sharon Freitas, Programme Officer of the Centre, was in Vientiane and in Oudoxmay for meetings with government representatives and WFP staff and to visit schools.
The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger will support the implementation of the second phase of the trilateral cooperation project between Brazil, United States and Mozambique in the area of school feeding. The new phase of project to strengthen the Mozambican school feeding programme will be implemented based on a guidelines document that will take into consideration the evaluation of the first phase of the project and points out the strategies for the next steps.
Around 150 experts and representatives from countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia gathered to share best practices and discuss the institutional, technological and contextual integration of databases and information systems, in the context of social protection policies. The International Seminar on Database Integration and Information Systems for Public Policy Improvement took place in Brasilia, on 5 and 6 April.
A port-graduation programme from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, a prestigious university in the South of Brazil, held two lectures on international cooperation in partnership with the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, to mark the beginning of the school year. The head of Programmes, Christiani Buani, and the director of the Centre, Daniel Balaban, gave an open class and the inaugural class for undergraduate and graduate students.