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School meals can contribute to end malnutrition

The VIII School Meals Seminar for Latin America and the Caribbean concluded on 26 April in Mexico City with a call to intensify efforts to exploit the full potential of school meals in helping to eradicate malnutrition in the region.  

More than 300 participants, government representatives of 20 countries, experts, academics, United Nations agencies, private sector and other partners attended the seminar, which this year addressed the following theme: “School Meals Programmes and their contribution to the eradication of malnutrition in all its forms in the region”. Read more.

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Seminar in Mozambique discusses South-South cooperation

On 3 and 4 May, a seminar will take place in Maputo to discuss the role of South-South cooperation in the development of initiatives of social protection, food and nutrition security and gender in the country. The event happens under two specific projects, conducted as partnership between UN agencies in Brazil, the governments of Mozambique and Brazil and DFID, the international cooperation agency of the United Kingdom.

Since 2015, UN Brazil, DFID, the Brazilian government, the Mozambican government, and other African countries are engaged in South-South cooperation projects. The goal is to contribute to overcome poverty, to reduce food and nutrition insecurity, and to empower women. These stakeholders are involved in two specific initiatives: “Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South cooperation”, and “Partnership for National Social Development Initiatives”. The seminar aims at promoting a reflection about these themes. Read more.

PAA in Ethiopia
From 2 to 3 May, Ethiopia will hold the Home-grown School Feeding National Consultation Workshop, to discuss the impacts of the PAA Africa programme. Participants include high-level government officials, representatives from WFP and FAO and other stakeholders. During the event, they will discuss the concept of home-grown school feeding, its benefits, and its links to social protection initiatives. They will detail lessons learned from the PAA Africa experience in Ethiopia, point out the challenges faced in the country to link smallholder farmers to markets, and discuss lessons from all five PAA Africa countries. The WFP Centre of Excellence will be represented by deputy director Peter Rodrigues.

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