Brazilian experiences with school meals are a model for other countries. The
assessment was made by Daniel Balaban, director of the United Nations Centre for Excellence on Hunger, during the “Dialogues on International Cooperation for Development”, an event held last September by the BRICS Policy Centre in partnership with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), part of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“With the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence, more than 20 countries have designed national school meal policies inspired by Brazil’s successful programme”, said Balaban.
The outcome of a partnership between the governments of Brazil and the United Kingdom, the Centre of Excellence against Hunger offers technical assistance to countries that wish to adapt the implemented strategies to their realities.
Mariana Rocha, a Programme Officer at the Centre, highlighted the importance of South-South (i.e. among developing countries) cooperation in the fight against hunger around the world. According to her, school meals are a crucial part of this process.
“Not leaving anyone behind in deve-lopment means ensuring that children have access to opportunities and good nutri-tion in all circumstances,” said the expert, adding that “school meals reach those who need it most and allows excluded children to have access to multiple nutrition and education benefits”.