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Brazil's school meal programme to be replicated in Africa

published: Aug 14, 2018 04:26 PM, last modified: Aug 14, 2018 04:27 PM
A spokesman for the United Nations Centre for Hunger said Brazil is an example for the African region
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Brazil's school meal programme to be replicated in Africa

The United Nations (UN) has expressed interest in exporting the Brazilian model for the provision of school meals to other countries. The director of the organisation's Centre for Excellence against Hunger, Daniel Balaban, said that African countries are especially keen on creating national school meal programmes similar to what exists in Brazil.

The Centre is the result of a partnership among the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Brazil's National Education Development Fund (FNDE) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). More than 30 countries have already received support to develop their own school meal strategies - all of which relying on the model applied in Brazil.

The African Union Summit decided in January 2016 that it would adopt school meal programmes that relied on local production. The goal of the strategy is to "increase student retention and performance and strengthen income generation and entrepreneurship in local communities," according to the Hunger Excellence Centre.

Source: United Nations (UN)