In five years of activity, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger has involved more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in South-South cooperation activities to support them in designing and implementing solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with special attention to SDG2 – Zero Hunger. The Centre has provided continued support and technical assistance to 28 national governments, as well as promoting the establishment of the African School Feeding Network with 25 countries. The Centre has also worked in partnership with the African Union to expand investments by African countries in school feeding programmes.

Impact assessment

For the first time, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger has carried out an external evaluation to measure its impacts and to develop its monitoring and evaluation strategy. With this effort, the Centre expects to analyze its activities to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its work. The Centre was created to meet a growing demand for national capacity strengthening initiatives and for knowledge on sustainable school feeding models, as well as supporting national governments in the design, management, and expansion of nutritious and sustainable home-grown school feeding programmes. Over the years, issues such as social development, nutrition, income transfer and zero hunger have been added to the Centre’s technical assistance repertoire.

From the evaluation carried out, the following aspects stand out:

  • Focus on the 28 countries benefiting from continued technical assistance from the Centre of Excellence
  • Interviews with 63 stakeholders

Main results:

  • 100% of respondents consider that the Centre’s exchanges and capacity strengthening activities are relevant and responsive to their needs
  • 72% acknowledge the Centre’s contribution to increasing the engagement and commitment of the various stakeholders with national school feeding initiatives
  • 67% acknowledge the Centre’s contribution to expanding technical and political support to school feeding
  • 69% acknowledge the Centre’s contribution to greater country autonomy in the design and implementation of school feeding policies and programmes
  • 71% mention an increase in the purchase of locally produced food for use in school feeding since the beginning of the partnership with the Centre


The results identified by the evaluation indicate that:

  • The Centre’s action is tailored for the demands of the countries and adapts to changes
  • The availability of the Centre to meet different demands is highly recognized
  • Countries would like the Centre to have a greater presence
  • The Centre promoted the involvement of high-level government actors, which increased countries’ commitment to school feeding
  • The Centre contributes to the creation of partnerships and to the strengthening of technical skills crucial to the development of national school feeding policies linked to local agriculture
  • The Centre’s emphasis on the multi-sectorial approach to school feeding is innovative and extends the impact of existing national and international experiences
  • The Centre contributes significantly to the global recognition of school feeding as a strategy to promote sustainable development
  • The Centre is recognized for its ability to build strategic partnerships that enable greater reach of its initiatives and contribute to the emergence of an enabling environment for the creation of national solutions for hunger and poverty

• Countries would like more investment in the implementation of the strategies designed with technical support from the Centre


To present the main results achieved in five years, the World Food Programme, the Permanent Representation of Brazil to the United Nations agencies in Rome and the Centre of Excellence held a side event during the annual meeting of the WFP Executive Board in Rome. Country representatives, WFP staff members and representatives of partner organizations attended the event on 15 June. The 2016 Executive Board annual meeting was opened by Pope Francis, who visited WFP for the first time to support the goal of eradicating hunger.

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Photographic exhibition

As part of the celebrations of its five years, the Centre of Excellence held a photo exhibition with some of the results of its South-South cooperation work from 13 to 17 June in the lobby of WFP’s headquarters in Rome. The photos were taken during study visits with delegations from various countries, technical assistance missions from the Centre of Excellence to partner countries and major events. The photos show the main activities and themes with which the Centre works, such as school feeding, nutrition, social development and government capacity strengthening.

See the photos in the online version of the exhibition.