School feeding programmes have multiple benefits and, therefore, constitute a central element of the Centre’s work methodology. School feeding contributes to improving child nutrition, to increasing school enrollment and attendance rates, and to improving students’ performance, in addition to creating opportunities for local farmers and communities.
On 9 May, delegations of 11 countries participated in the Day for School Feeding and Nutrition, a workshop organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger. The workshop had as main focus the experience of the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE, in Portuguese). Members of PNAE’s technical team presented specific features of the programme, such as the legislation behind it, its implementation and monitoring systems, nutritional aspects, and the strategies adopted in order to guarantee the coverage of basic nutritional needs of children and adolescents, in addition to the link between PNAE and smallholder farmers. Participating countries also shared information about the school feeding initiatives they were developing, many of them with support from the WFP Centre.
The World Food Programmeme (WFP), in partnership with the Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development and the World Bank, analyzed school feeding programmes of 14 countries. The objective was to provide guidelines to governments and development agencies on how to design and implement sustainable programmes. The Brazilian National Programme of School Feeding was one of the study cases, as well as the ones from South Africa, Botswana, Cape Verde, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria and Kenya. Selected countries show geographic, approach and development diversity.