SAN SALVADOR. WFP and the Government of Brazil opened the Centre of Excellence in 2011 to help countries promote the issues of food security and nutrition. This centre serves as a platform in the fight against hunger through the South-South Cooperation framework and supports the governments of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the implementation of sustainable social safety net programmes.
The purpose of the visit on 18-22 February was to learn and understand Brazil’s first-hand and successful experience in implementing policies related to food security and nutrition. It also allowed visitors to get to know the experience of Centre in its strategic support in the design of food-based social protection programmes and to establish a cooperation link among the Centre of Excellence, the WFP Country Office in El Salvador and the Government of El Salvador.
The WFP Country Office in El Salvador facilitated sponsored this visit through the Joint Programme for Childhood and Food Security and Nutrition –WFP, UNICEF, UNDP and PAHO—which is funded by the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG-F) of the Government of Spain. One of the objectives of Joint Programme is to strengthen the competencies and capabilities of government officials and decision makers regarding public policy on food security and nutrition.
As part of the implementation of the Country Strategy for 2012-2016, the National Council for Food Security and Nutrition (CONASAN) is WFP’s strategic partner in the effort to build a country that guarantees the food security and nutrition of its population regardless of the impact of natural disasters and socio-economic threats.
Upon their return, the governmental delegation met in the WFP office with representatives from the Embassy of Brazil and agencies of the United Nations that participate in the Joint Programme.
The objective of this meeting was to present the results of the experience with WFP and the Embassy of Brazil. It was agreed that certain areas of interest could be replicated to fit the conditions of El Salvador. These areas include basic issues such as legal framework, capacity building, and the participation and empowerment of civil society. This would be done through a process involving several sectors of the country, both at the central and local level.