School Feeding in Portuguese Speaking Countries
The Centre for Excellence against Hunger launched the first publication of the Good Practices Series. The series provides successful examples of school feeding programs in Portuguese-speaking countries. The document compiles processes, laws and strategies implemented in Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Brazil and Mozambique.
On Cape Verde, the publication highlights the WFP’s school feeding programme handover process to the local government. Phase-out started in the country in 2010. This transition is possible because of government’s commitments for the progressive financing of the program, investments in capacity building, and well-defined programme objectives. This process contributed to the creation of the school feeding law.
Sao Tome and Principe’s highlight is the creation of a sharp legal framework that establishes an efficient management structure for the National School Feeding and Health Program (PNASE). The country’s school feeding law defines the principles, management rules, social control mechanisms, funding sources, and nutrition and quality standards for school meals.
From Brazil, the document emphasizes the incentives for smallholder farming and the creation of social oversight. The latter implements councils formed mostly by members of civil society in monitoring school feeding. The document also showcases the decentralized management model of the national program, which reaches over 40 million students.
Finally, the publication presents the groundbreaking agreement between WFP, the Russian Federation and the Government of Mozambique – This has redirected to school feeding resources that would be used to pay Mozambique’s debts with Russia, allowing approximately $ 40 million to be directed to the sector in the country.
The Good Practices Series is a collection of thematic publications of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger aiming to provide good examples of policies, actions and experiences related to school feeding from various countries.