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Nurturing the future bulletin draft jan feb 2013


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Nurturing the future bulletin draft jan feb 2013

  1. 1. “Brazil to mentor Rwanda on school feeding programme” The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) in Rwanda hosted a two day national consultation meeting to formulate a way forward for a nationally school feeding programme. Around 150 government officials, including the Prime Minister and a Brazilian delegation, attended the workshop on February 26-27 in Kigali. The initiative was supported by the Government of Brazil, WFP Rwanda and Brazil-based WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger. Erasme Rwanamiza, DG of education planning at MINEDUC: (Left to right) Adoulaye Balde Diretor “Several aspects of the Brazilian school feeding were foundWFP Rwanda, Mathias Harebamungu relevant to Rwandas context where, similarly, ambitious Minister of State in charge of development objectives are envisaged and strived for, with povertySecondary and Primary Education and reduction strategies rounded on increasing the resilience of theDaniel Balaban Director WFP Centre of population and building upon home-grown initiatives". Excellence. The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Agnes Kalibata also stressed theSee more on the National Consultation importance of relying on local food sources to promote agriculturaland its outcomes: development across the country.◦ Rwanda Learns From BrazilsExperience in School Feeding “Wouldn’t it be great if the market for our farmers became the◦Brazilians help in developing very children they need to feed,” she said.recommendations for Rwanda school-feeding program For more information on Rwanda’s study visit to Brazil please◦ Brazil to Mentor Rwanda on School follow this link.Feeding Program El Salvador to improve school feeding after study visit to Brazil, 18th-22nd February El Salvador mission to Brazil took place on Feb 18-22. After meeting with Brazilian authorities and improving knowledge about Zero Hunger Strategy and its multi-sectoral framework that connects school feeding to local purchase initiatives, the delegation agreed on an action plan that hilights the importance of engaging ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture in the planing and implementation of school feeding and smallholder agriculture policies. Click here for more information. Ana Daisy Cardoza de Marquez, Executive Director of the Delegation visits smallholder farmers National Council on Food and Nutrition Security (CONASAN), cooperative that supplies for government-led procurement says: “We have identified many points of potential cooperation programmes. Photo: WFP/Mariana with Government of Brazil and WFP Centre of Excellence in order Hoffmann to improve and integrate El Salvador’s food and nutrition security programmes”. “Food education it’s not luxury, it’s a necessity” Andrea Curtis, author of Whats for lunch? How schoolchildren eat around the world gave us her impressions about the Brazilian School Feeding Programme (PNAE): "The Brazilian intention of offering meals free to all children emerged in my research as both important and inspirational. In many countries, there are subsidies and a sliding scale for different income families, but making school meals available to everyone—no matter their income status—changes everything. Universality takes the stigma out of school meals and ensures Tanzania delegation on visit to a public that the entire country is in it together. I see wide-ranging school in Salvador, Brazil in November economic, social and cultural benefits", she said. 2012. Photo: WFP/Vinicius Limongi Curtis is also interested in "Brazil’s local procurement policiesTo read more of this interview please (the 30% minimum requirement) and the way that schoolfollow this link feeding is integrated with other government policies related to food access, economic development and, of course, ending hunger and poverty". Purchase from Africans for Africa – PAA Africa Programme ◦ Five pilot projects of local food purchase from smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Malawi are carried out by FAO and WFP country offices in partnership with goverments. The strategic plans are being finalised in collaboration with international consultants deployed to the countries. ◦ A support mission to Senegal, led by Minister Milton Rondó Filho of the General Coordination for International Action Against Hunger (Ministry of External Relations) took place in January 2013. Participants had the chance to liaise with strategic partners and see in first hand the implementation of the pilot projects. Government of Brazil, FAO and WFP ◦ The government of Brazil is expected to renew funding for anotherjoint mission visits pilot project for local 18 months of the programme in the five original countries. The first food purchase in Ethiopia. Photo: FAO/ results of the projects were shared with the Brazilian government, Israel Klug WFP and FAO headquarters in Rome last January. ◦ PAA Africa official website will soon be launched and follow-upThe PAA Africa activities continue to seminar to take place in April in Senegal.advance in 2013. Upcoming study visits and events  Guinea’s National Consultation workshop has been confirmed with government and it will take place on 12-14 March 2013 in Conakry. An international consultant has been deployed for 3 months to provide technical assistance. Click here for more information on Guinea’s study visit to Brazil held in May 2012.  The Centre of Excellence will be hosting Ethiopia’s study visit to Brazil on May 18-28. The technical mission is interested in the Zero Hunger Programme and other poverty reduction policies.  A high-level mission composed of Honduras First Lady and Ministers of Agriculture, Social Development and Education to Brazilian school feeding programme is confirmed for April 2-5.  The Global Child Nutrition Forum will take place on May 20-24 2013 in Bahia, Brazil. The event will gather 300 participants from research institutions, governments, UN, NGOs and private sector to discuss school feeding and food and nutrition security policies. It is being organised by the Centre of Excellence and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. Stay tuned for more updates! Go to for more information