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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.

To see more pictures of the study visit, go to our photo album on Facebook.

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. 

Settlement 

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

In its three years of existence, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger organized 30 study visits for representatives of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, provided technical assistance to a dozen countries and helped organize national seminars on school feeding and other strategies to tackle hunger in five countries. With this ongoing work of disseminating information and promoting exchanges of experience, the Centre was able to support the creation of new school feeding policies in 15 countries. 

These numbers are a consequence of hard work and support of many institutions, but they are primarily the result of the commitment of our staff, our humanitarian heroes. On August 19, the World Humanitarian Day, the Centre takes the opportunity to honor all of its employees, who dedicate their time, their creativity and caring to help build a fairer world without hunger. To represent us, we chose Sharon Freitas. 

Sharon is working at the Centre of Excellence since before its official launching, in 2011. She has been involved in all sorts of tasks in the Centre and had the privilege of accompanying the preparation and execution of all 30 study visits. With that, she had contact with governments and humanitarian workers from three dozen countries and visited Malawi, Niger, Senegal and Cuba.

"Sometimes I wake up in the morning and wonder why I do this work. We face so many difficulties, so many setbacks, that it can be difficult to see what we want to achieve. But then we go to a country and see the government committed to improving the situation, we see the population involved, and this renews our spirits," Sharon says.

According to Sharon, new approaches to humanitarian action, which combine emergency assistance to building lasting and sustainable solutions through the strengthening of governments and populations, are what attract her to this work. "I once heard from a representative of a government during a study visit to Brazil that the information we were passing over about the connection between school feeding and smallholder farmers was inspiring for him. At that moment I felt we had transformed the way he thinks about fighting hunger and poverty. This is what gives meaning to our work."

On August 19, the World Humanitarian Day, the Centre takes the opportunity to honor all of its employees, who dedicate their time, their creativity and caring to help build a fairer world without hunger.

Would you like to work at the Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brasília? This might be your chance! The Centre is looking for a highly motived, proactive, creative Director Assistant, with good writing and networking skills. It is an interesting position for a dynamic young professional who has recently completed academic studies, and has a good education background, exceptional language skills in Portuguese and English, and some experience abroad to serve and assist the Director.  

The Director Assistant is expected to promote good information flow within the Centre, manage the Director’s agenda, establish good relationships with working level interlocutors within stakeholder organizations, organize records, partner’s backgrounds, trends, preferences and policies, and provide well analyzed data with minimum supervision. Supporting and maintaining relationships with partners and donors, and preparing briefing materials and presentations are also under the Director’s Assistant responsibility.

To achieve all these goals, we believe candidates must have excellent writing skills in English and Portuguese; ability to network effectively and establish good relationships with working level contacts in key partner organizations, counterpart ministries and internally in WFP; good problem solving capacity with an ability to maintain accurate and precise records and to interpret and analyze a variety of data and resolve discrepancies; courtesy, tact and the ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds; proactive and flexible personality with excellent communication skills.

We are hoping to receive CVs from candidates with university degree in International Relations, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Marketing, International Law or other related area, but master’s degree in one of these subjects or related area is preferred. Studies undertaken abroad are also considered an asset. Previous experience in working or interning in international organizations, large multinational companies and/or government is required, and related volunteer work will be considered. Knowledge in Brazilian food security and social programmes and south-south cooperation is also crucial.

Please send the Curriculum in English to: recruitment.brasilia@wfp.org, with the Subject WFP/HR/2014/Director´s Assistant. WFP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged individually. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Salary is R$ 5.420,00 (monthly), and applications must be sent until August 15.

Download the vacancy announcement for more information.

 

Applications must be sent until August 15, candidates must have excellent communications skills in Portuguese and English and university degree  in International Relations, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Marketing, International Law or other related area. Salary is R$ 5.420,00 per month.

President Dilma Rousseff signed last June 20 Law 13.001, which increases the maximum amount previously established for donations of food from Brazil to other countries. The new law allows Brazil to donate approximately 250,000 tons of rice for ready consumption to countries facing humanitarian emergencies. Donations will be made by the Brazilian government to the World Food Programme (WFP).

"The possibility of Brazil making new food donations to WFP further strengthens the actions of horizontal cooperation between Brazil and other developing countries," says Daniel Balaban, director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger. According to projections published annually by WFP, in 2014 the organization will need 3.3 million tons of cereals to meet the needs of its programmes. 

This is the third major donation of food for international humanitarian cooperation approved by the Brazilian Congress. In 2009, Brazil donated approximately 45,000 tons of food to Haiti, Cuba, Honduras and Jamaica, to serve those affected by tropical storms Gustav, Hannah and Ike that hit the region. On June 20, 2011, the President signed Law 12.429, which approved the largest Brazilian donation, totaling 320,000 tons of food ready for consumption to countries that were facing food insecurity, benefiting approximately 24,700,000 people in 37 countries - considering the portions distributed by WFP in one month. 

"In this context, Brazil, which until 2009 did not donate to WFP, but had received food from the agency until the 90’s, became the seventh largest donor to the agency in 2012," said the Coordinator-General for International Action against Hunger of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Milton Rondó Filho. Law 13,001 amends provisions of Law 12,429 of 2011, increasing by 250,000 tons the Brazilian donations. 

"The donations made possible by this new law maintains the national efforts to tackle the enormous challenge that humanitarian crises pose to the international community and to guarantee the human right to food, which, being a fundamental right, is universal and should therefore be protected, promoted and provided, in any country, and by all Governments, in a solidary way," Rondó said. 

Donations are operationalized nationally with the support of the National Supply Company (Conab), according to periodic review to provide surpluses of public food stocks so as not to endanger the domestic supply of the product or the service to the people victimized by environmental adverse events in Brazil.

Brazil approves new law that allows the country to donate up to 250,000 tons of rice to WFP emergency responses. Donations will not endanger the domestic supply of the product 

The Centre of Excellence against Hunger held, on 14 and 15 July, a training session for consultants on horizontal cooperation and food and nutritional security policies and programmes. The objective of the training was to identify talented professionals to work as consultants to the Centre of Excellence in support of developing countries interested in finding sustainable solutions to food security and social development. 

A total of 17 professionals attended the training - 13 participated in person and four by videoconference. During the two days, participants were able to deepen their knowledge about the work of the World Food Programme, about the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, and about the Centre of Excellence and the partnership between the Brazilian government and WFP to assist other developing countries in actions to overcome hunger and poverty. 

Another theme highlighted during training was the Brazilian experience with programmes and social development policies. The participating professionals discussed the National School Feeding Programme, the legal framework that supports Brazilian social policies and programmes, and initiatives to strengthen family agriculture. They also debated the challenges of horizontal cooperation initiatives, or south-south cooperation, promoted by Brazil. 

As part of its programme of exchange of experience and capacity building, the Centre of Excellence supports the hiring of consultants, who are deployed to countries to assist in the design and implementation of policies and programmes in school feeding and other social development issues. Training participants were presented to the work already done by the consultants of the Centre of Excellence in countries like Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, and Republic of Guinea.

A total of 17 professionals attended the training held on 14 and 15 July to identify talented professionals to work as consultants to the Centre of Excellence in support of developing countries that are committed to finding sustainable solutions to food security and social development.