Country Cases: Kenya
The document, produced in partnership with WFP Kenya and the Government of Kenya, details the country’s journey in developing its national school feeding programme and the role of the WFP Centre of Excellence in this process. Home-grown school meals represent the leading school-based programme in Kenya since 1980. Initially, 240,000 children in primary and pre-primary schools were covered by the programme, in arid and semi-arid areas. The introduction of Free Primary Education in January 2003 boosted school enrolment and, by 2007, School Meals reached more than 1.2 million school children. The programme has, therefore, become a reference and has inspired other developing countries, such as Namibia and Zambia.
Policy Brief #1 Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a global health challenge and its constantly growing prevalence also poses difficulties for cities. For that reason, health-promoting environments – which favour an adequate and healthy diet – and the practice of physical activity are important factors for preventing obesity at this stage of life. This Policy Brief presents information that aims to contribute to the development of strategies by public managers at the local level (municipal and state managers) for the prevention and care of childhood obesity. The document consists of six questions and objective answers to facilitate understanding on a topic so sensitive that it can change the reality of your municipality.
Annual Report 2020
In 2020, the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil underwent major changes, but activities to support countries in building resilient and sustainable solutions to fight hunger continued remotely. The 2020 Annual Report provides an overview of activities and results, including information on the new priority areas developed in Brazil to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Empowering Countries to Achieve zero Hunger
The WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger (CoE) is a global hub for knowledge exchange, capacity development and technical assistance to support countries achieve zero hunger. The WFP Centre works closely with regional and national stakeholders (governments and institutions) to expand food and nutrition security policies and programmes from a multi-sector perspective, particularly social safety net programmes that include school feeding linked to local agriculture and nutrition. Starting from the Brazilian experience in this area, the WFP Centre fosters food and nutrition security solu-tions for countries to deliver long-term development benefits for children and vulnerable populations in the Global South.
Country Cases – Togo
Togo’s collaboration with WFP CoE began in 2014, when a delegation from the country came to Brazil on a Study Visit, to learn about the Brazilian experience in home-grown school feeding. Since then, WFP CoE has continuously engaged with WFP Togo and the country’s government, dedicated to establishing the legal and normative bases that can guarantee the existence and guide the implementation of school feeding in Togo. Over the years, WFP CoE supported the development of the country’s National School Feeding Policy and the School Feeding Bill, while maintaining consistent engagement with and support to Togo’s government and WFP Country Office.
Framework for action and recommendations for the reopening of schools
The closure of schools around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented risk to children’s education, protection and well-being. The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, recently called on governments and donors to prioritize education for all children, including the most vulnerable, and, likewise, a Global Education Coalition was created to support governments in strengthening distance learning and to facilitate the planning of a reopening of schools.
Virtual Exchanges Publication Collection
Here are the latest publications produced by the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil. The list includes papers on how countries are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to keep school feeding programmes running, in addition to other publications such as Policy Briefs, Good Practices and manuals. The list also contains a link to an online course on smallholder farming and the national school feeding programme in Brazil.
Supporting the Development and Implemantation of Resource Mobilization Initiatives: The Gambia
A new document published by the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil showcases the path that led to a successful case of project proposal preparation, from the initial call to the final approval of a USD 16 million grant. The process was initiated by the WFP country office in The Gambia in March 2019, when the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), a global fund financed by the G20 and managed by the World Bank, was launched. The GAFSP call aimed at providing resources to scale-up agricultural, food and nutrition security assistance to fragile and conflict-ridden countries.
Implementing the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the suspension of the school calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE), has decided to distribute the food purchased for the programme to children’s parents and guardians in the form of food baskets – which the government is calling “kits”. The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil has created a document that summarises the main recommendations for school feeding nutritionists and managers to organise the assemblage and distribution of these kits, as detailed by FNDE´s “Guidelines for the Execution of PNAE during the Emergency Situation arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
School feeding in times of COVID-19
With the advance of COVID-19 worldwide, thousands of schools have suspended their activities and around 368 million children no longer have access to school meals. The provision of meals in schools represents a stable and predictable supply of food to children, contributing to improve nutrition, health, and academic performance. In order to ensure the continuity of school meals initiatives, many governments are restructuring their programmes. The changes include the revision of benefits allocated per child/family and allow a shift from on-site eating modalities to the distribution of food baskets or direct cash transfers.