Between 10 and 14 April 2023, the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil, in partnership with the National Education Development Fund (FNDE in Portuguese) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC in Portuguese), hosted a mission from the government of the Republic of Congo to Brazil. The delegation included representatives from the African country’s government, including high level officials from the Ministries of Education, Social Affairs, Agriculture, and Planning.
The main subjects of learning interest were the Brazilian institutional and legal frameworks and management mechanisms for school feeding in Brazil, its links with family farming, the role of civil society and multi-sectoral arrangements in the success of food and nutritional security programmes.
In May, in order to give continuity to the exchange of learning made during the mission, Maria Giulia Senesi, Programme Officer at the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger, carried out a mission to the Republic of Congo WFP country office. During the trip, the team visited six schools in the Pool District and interviewed school managers and directors to update the needs of these school regarding the school feeding programme.
“It is very enriching to get to know in practice the details of school feeding in the Republic of Congo, which recently visited Brazil. I believe that with the experience seen here, the exchanges can be more specific and focused on improvements needed for the local context”, says Maria Giulia Senesi. Learn more about the visit of the Republic of Congo here.