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.
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:
The results identified by the evaluation indicate that:
• 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.
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.