The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil has just launched a new publication that is part of the Country Cases series. The document, produced in partnership with WFP Bangladesh and the Government of Bangladesh, details the country’s journey in developing its national school feeding programme and the role of the WFP Centre of Excellence in this process. The supply of school meals in Bangladesh began in 2001, when WFP partnered with the government to launch a school feeding programme in the country’s most vulnerable areas.
In 2011, inspired by the advancement of WFP’s school feeding activities, the government of Bangladesh launched its “School Feeding Programme in Poverty Prone Areas”. In 2012, with support from the Centre of Excellence, a delegation from Bangladesh made a high-level study visit to Brazil to learn about the country’s experience with school feeding and its solid institutional framework for food and nutrition security. Following this visit, the Centre of Excellence continued its support to Bangladesh and, in July 2013, the government and WFP started a school feeding pilot.