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Who we are

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is a global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning in school feeding, nutrition and food security programmes. The Centre of Excellence is the result of a partnership between WFP and Brazil and was created in 2011 to support governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America in developing sustainable solutions against hunger.

We bring nations facing similar challenges together and provide high-level policy advice, technical assistance and peer-to-peer dialogue opportunities to support the design and implementation of public policies in food security and nutrition and to boost efforts to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals.

We strengthen governmental capacities of over 30 countries to change people’s lives and achieve Zero Hunger.

What we do

We ensure that successful experiences to fight hunger are available for developing countries for learning, sharing, and adaptation through South-South cooperation and multi-sectorial approaches.

We provide policy and programme advice and technical assistance and we bring southern nations together to help them develop their own solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.


School feeding: School feeding programmes have positive impacts on health and nutrition of children and adolescents, contribute to decrease the gender gap in education, and improve school attendance and students’ performance. When these programmes are linked to local agriculture, they create market opportunities for smallholder farmers and their communities.

Nutrition: Improving nutrition is essential to ensure healthy, productive lives for all.

Social Development: Addressing food and nutrition security helps to break the cycle of hunger, poverty, and social inequality in the poorest areas.

Smallholder farming: Increasing smallholder farmers’ access to steady markets for their produce contributes to improving food production and to reducing the vulnerability of rural families to poverty and hunger.

Cotton: Supporting cotton smallholder producers from African countries to find markets for food crops associated to cotton production contributes to improving their food security and nutrition.

Capacity strengthening: High-level policy advice, technical assistance, and knowledge building activities provide countries with means and opportunities to move further in their fight against hunger.

Research: Building evidence on good practices to overcome hunger and poverty and on the multiple benefits of investing in sustainable solutions to hunger is crucial to engage governments in initiatives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our achievements

54 African countries committed to investing in school feeding, via the African Union

51 study visits to Brazil from counties in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

30 countries investing in national school feeding programmes, with technical assistance from the WFP Centre of Excellence

20 countries developing national school feeding policies

19 countries transitioning to nationally-owned school feeding programmes


Global reach: We are an office of the United Nations World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian agency in the world. Our work is guided by the principles of equity and peoples’ self-determination.

Efficiency: Our model offers great cost-benefit ration. With a small structure, we provide direct technical assistance to over 30 countries simultaneously, with lasting impacts.

African Union: Our partnership with the African Union resulted in a continental commitment to investing in home-grown school feeding.

Dialogue: We direct dialogue channels with governments of over 30 countries for the design of public policies. We are part of the African Union School Feeding Cluster, which influences school feeding policies of all African countries.

Visibility: We help give visibility to our partners and to developing countries’ experiences in fighting hunger and poverty.





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Download the digital versions of the Annual Reports here.

  • (Português do Brasil) Relatório Anual 2017

  • (Português do Brasil) Relatório Anual 2016

  • (Português do Brasil) Relatório Anual 2015

  • (Português do Brasil) Relatório Anual 2014

  • (Português do Brasil) Relatório Anual 2013

  • Annual Report 2017

  • Annual Report 2016

  • Annual Report 2015

  • Annual Report 2014

  • Annual Report 2013

  • (Português do Brasil) Raport Annuel 2017

  • (Português do Brasil) Raport Annuel 2016

  • (Português do Brasil) Raport Annuel 2015

  • (Português do Brasil) Raport Annuel 2014

  • (Português do Brasil) Raport Annuel 2013


Research partners

  • EPRI

    The Economic Policy Research Institute is an independent research and non-profit institu- te based in Cape Town, South Africa. EPRI is running a study on the impacts of school fee- ding in Africa in partnership with the Centre, the WFP office for Africa, and the African Union.

  • UniCeub

    The University Center of Brasilia is the Centre’s partner in promoting of scientific research on food and nutritional security. Via this partner- ship, the Centre organized a contest for scientific papers on “Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Pro- grammes”.

  • PCD

    The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) is an organization linked to the Imperial College London committed to the improvement of edu- cation, health and nutrition of children at school age. It participated in the development of the publication “Resource Framework on Home Grown School Meals”.

  • FAO

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization participated in the development of the publication “Re- source Framework on Home Grown School Meals”.


    The New Partnership for Africa’s Development par- ticipated in the development of the publication “Re- source Framework on Home Grown School Meals”.

Strategic Partners

  • Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC, in Portuguese)

    ABC is part of the Bra- zilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its purpose is to negotiate, coordinate, implement, and follow-up programmes and Brazilian projects on technical cooperation, including the Centre of Excellence.

  • National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE, in Portuguese)

    The FNDE is responsible for the execution of educational policies as set by the Ministry of Educa- tion, including the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE, in Portuguese), which bene- fits over 40 million children in 5,565 Brazilian municipalities and in the Federal District. FNDE has been a Centre of Excellence’s partner since the Centre’s foundation in 2011.

  • UK Department for International Development

    DFID leads the United Kingdom’s efforts to end extreme poverty. DFID supports the Centre’s initiatives in Africa in the areas of social development and food and nutrition security.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The foundation invests on people’s health and welfare to help them find solutions for hunger and poverty. The foundation supports the Centre of Excellence’s initiatives on research and nutrition.

  • Add Hope

    The campaign Add Hope is run by KFC, a member of Yum! Brands. The campaign is a Yum! worldwide partnership with WFP and it is being conducted in Brazil for two years to raise funds for the Centre of Excellence’s activities.

Technical Partners

  • Sesan/MDSA

    The National Secretary of Food and Nutrition Se- curity (SESAN, in Portuguese) is a secretary at the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development (MDSA, in Portuguese) responsible for initiatives to fight hunger. It shares information and lessons learned with the Centre’s partners about social development programmes and income transfer.

  • Ministry of Health

    The Brazilian Ministry of Health is a partner of the Cen- tre of Excellence’s in actions in the field of nutrition.

  • Federal District

    The government of the Federal District suppor- ts the study visits organized by the Centre of Excellence for delegations from developing countries.

  • City of São Paulo

    The City of São Paulo is a partner of the Centre on sharing good practices in school feeding, food and nutritional education and smallholder farming.

  • State of Bahia

    The government of Bahia supports the study visits organized by the Centre of Excellence for delegations from developing countries.


    The National Supply Company (CONAB, in Portuguese) is the entity in charge of mana- ging agriculture and supply policies in Brazil. CONAB shares with the Centre and its partners the Brazilian procedures of public procurement of food produced by smallholder farmers.

  • GCNF

    The Global Child Nutrition Foundation is a non-go- vernmental organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for the world’s children to receive ade- quate nutrition for learning and achieving their po- tential. The GCNF created the Global Child Nutrition Forum, organized every year in partnership with the Centre of Excellence.


    The Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company (EMATER, in Portuguese) of the Fe- deral District shares information about the ope- ration of technical assistance provided to smal- lholder farmers with partner countries.

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