Centre of Excellence against Hunger News
The decision calls for the establishment of a multidisciplinary technical committee of African experts to undertake, with support from the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, a general study on the relevance and impact of school feeding in the African Union Member States. It also institutes the African Day of School Feeding on 1 March.
From 11 to 23 January, the WFP Centre of Excellence against hunger’s technical team, the World Food Programme Senegal country office, and the Senegalese government are gathered to plan the application of two methodologies developed by WFP to assess the costs and benefits involved in school feeding programmes. The goal is to conduct an evaluation of the different school feeding programmes in place in Senegal to design and implement a government-owned national programme.
From 12 to 14 January, Awassa in southern Ethiopia hosted the international seminar "Connecting smallholder farmers to school feeding for promoting local development", organized by the Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa). The PAA Africa aims to promote food and nutrition security of farmers and students through the local purchase of food for school meals. Throughout the event, participants discussed case studies and monitoring methods of PAA Africa’s initiatives in the country.
The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched on 4 November the Portuguese versions of the first three studies that compose the Food and Social Policies Series. The series focuses on the public procurement of food in Brazil and its impacts on food and nutrition security and smallholder farming.
Every year, the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) issues a Communiqué with considerations and recommendations agreed upon by all participants. The Communiqué is an important advocacy tool of the Forum that provides guidelines for participating countries to move forward with the design and implementation of sustainable school feeding programmes.
Cabo Verde was chosen to host the 2015 Global Child Nutrition Forum due to its experience in transitioning from programmes conducted entirely by international institutions to a country-owned national school feeding programme. Besides hosting the Forum and financing part of the event, the government of Cabo Verde shared its successful school feeding experience with participating countries.
Representatives from over 40 countries gathered on Sal Island, Cabo Verde, for the XVII Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), from 28 September to 2 October. The 250 participants discussed innovative financing for national-scale school feeding programmes, linked to smallholder farming. They also debated on different approaches to make sure that each of their countries could design new school feeding programmes or improve existing ones.
The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger supported the participation of five African countries in the Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs: Towards Partnerships for Development. The event took place in Moscow, Russia, on 10 and 11 September. The government delegations of The Gambia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique, composed by high-level and technical officials, had the chance to share case studies to contribute to the Forum’s discussions and to work with WFP Centre on planning upcoming cooperation activities.
A delegation of 20 representatives of the African Union, including state ministers, visited Brazil in the last week of August to discuss school feeding. They came to see first-hand the Brazilian experiences of linking school feeding to smallholder farmers’ production. All the information they gathered here will be used as inspiration to the development of a school feeding strategy to the entire African continent.
Political will and multi-sectorial coordination can make a huge difference. With this impression and full of inspiration, the members of the African Union delegation left Brazil last Friday after a one-week study visit to discuss school feeding as a key strategy to promote development.
“Being in Brazil was a great opportunity and we took the most of it”, said at the closing session the head of the delegation, Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, African union’s Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology.