Participation in technical seminars, study visits and joint work on nutrition projects marked the cooperation work carried out between the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil and Peru over the past few years. The partnership began in 2015, with the participation in the VII School Feeding Seminar for Latin America and the Caribbean, which brought together more than 200 participants, including government representatives, regional and international experts in school feeding and public and private organizations from 17 countries in the region .
The following year, Peru was part of a group of 10 other countries that came to Brazil, with support from the Centre of Excellence and the Brazilian government, for the School Feeding and Nutrition Day. Organized by the Centre of Excellence, the meeting presented important aspects of the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE), mainly to countries that had not yet come to Brazil on a study visit. As part of the agenda, the Peruvian delegation also participated in a seminar on social policies and field visits to learn about best practices in food and nutrition security in Brazil.
The collaboration between the Centre of Excellence, the WFP and the government of Peru, which began with the promotion of school feeding, now also includes nutrition actions within the scope of the Nurture the Future Project, launched in 2020. One of the first activities was a seminar with representatives from the health sectors of the three cooperation countries – Brazil, Colombia and Peru – aimed to present and discuss food and nutrition policies. In 2021, a second seminar launched the project’s first product, “Policy Brief #1: Childhood Obesity – prevention and care strategies (at the local level)” and brought together the Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency in an online event, which included specialists from various areas, including local public managers, who make up one of the publication’s target audiences.
Also in 2021, the Virtual Tour “Linking family farming to public procurement in Peru and Brazil” promoted a South-South Cooperation space between the Peruvian and Brazilian governments to share knowledge, good practices and lessons learned in the development of food programs local school. The event marked the final phase of a series of virtual exchanges within the project “Promoting the Participation of Small and Medium-Sized Farmers in Public Procurement to Improve School Nutrition in Peru”.
Find out more in the book “A Decade of Cooperation: 10 years of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil”.