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Building evidences on good practices to overcome hunger and poverty and on the multiple benefits of investing in sustainable solutions to hunger is a challenge shared by development agencies and universities. Reliable data and precise analysis on projects and programmes’ results are indispensable to engage countries into initiatives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and are critical for the decision-making process on investments. The Centre of Excellence invests in researches about the Brazilian experience on combating hunger and it encourages researchers all over the world to do the same.

Home-grown school feeding

At least 368 million children receive some kind of meal at schools through governmental school feeding programmes. The school feeding impacts on student attendance and performance are widely known, and governments are increasingly seeing to extend the benefits of school feeding to smallholder farmers, by purchasing locally produced food. However, setting up this type of arrangement is a complex task, which makes technical assistance crucial. The Centre of Excellence and WFP joined FAO, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, Partnership for Child Development and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to design a compilation of resources, tools and knowledge to support countries committed to developing national school feeding programmes linked to local agriculture.

Click here to download the publication Resource Framework on Home Grown School Meals.

http://www.nepad.org/download/file/fid/4730

International law journal

The Centre of Excellence and the University Center of Brasilia (UniCEUB) invited researchers to contribute to the Report on the Fight against Hunger in the World, a special edition of the Brazilian Journal of International Law (RDI). The dossier brings together papers related to food and nutrition security and its links to the Sustainable Development Goals. The papers discuss South-South cooperation and other international partnerships for development, international law with focus on human rights and the right to adequate food, food security governance, access to food, nutrition, gender, and environment, among others. The goal is to encourage researches in these areas as a means to promote knowledge exchange among scholars, governments’ representatives and other stakeholders involved in international initiatives to overcome hunger. The special edition is part of the celebrations of the WFP Centre of Excellence’s fifth anniversary.

Series on public food procurement

On September 7, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger presented to the 250 participants of the Global Child Nutrition Forum the “Food and Social Policies” series. The series analyses the Brazilian institutional food procurement experiences and food-based safety net programmes that source food from smallholder farmers, to disseminate the experience to interested governments and stakeholders and to inform the development of similar strategies. The purpose is to share knowledge and evidence from the Brazilian experience to facilitate learning of governments in the area of public food procurement. Coordinated by the Centre with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the studies were conducted by independent researchers, the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, and UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. They focus on two governmental programmes, the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE), which buys part of the food items used in school meals from smallholder farmers, and the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA), which was created exclusively to build institutional markets for smallholders’ produce.

Contest on nutrition

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger launched a scientific paper and innovation project competition themed “Multiplying Experiences and Sustainable strategies on Food and Nutrition in Brazil”. The goal of the initiative was to give visibility to academic research and sustainable projects related to food and nutrition in Brazil that can be shared and multiplied via the Centre of Excellence in African countries. The contest’s two categories selected the best paper and the best project. As a prize, the winners will take part in an international study trip organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence.

Contest on school feeding

As part of its 5-year anniversary celebration, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the University Centre of Brasília, are conducting a Research Papers Contest themed “Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Programmes”. The aim of the contest was to identify research centres and educational groups worldwide with expertise in food and nutritional security in order to support the generation and dissemination of knowledge, and promote the integration of science and politics in the food and nutritional security research field. The three top winners will take part in international study trips organized by the WFP Centre of Excellence. In addition, the best five entries (including the top three) will be published in 2017 as complete research papers in the Brazilian Journal of International Law, a leading scientific journal in Brazil.

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Rural technical assistance

Since May 2016, as part of the partnership signed with the Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company of the Federal District (Emater-DF), the Centre of Excellence has supported the elaboration of a study to develop a monitoring and evaluation model to Emater-DF, as well as to analyse the economic, social and environmental return of its activities.