The school feeding programmes are part of the agenda of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in the mark of health and nutritional well-being. They are recognized as an intersectoral strategy for social policies and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as the goal #2 to eradicate hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition.
To face these challenges, the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the Brazilian Government (FNDE and ABC) – inspired by 60 years of the Brazilian experience in implementing the National School Feeding Programme – have supported the countries of the region to strengthen their school feeding programmes as a strategic policy to reach the zero hunger target and to lower malnutrition indicators. Countries have looked to build a new vision of school feeding programmes, leading the topic as a social policy on the principle of the human right to adequate food.
In guaranteeing adequate, healthy, continuous, universal and sustainable food in public schools, the Sustainable School Feeding Programmes (SFP) generate positive social impacts in terms of universalization of public mandatory education; quality of education; school performance; children’s health and nutrition.
To contribute to this scenario, FAO and the National Fund of Education Development (FNDE) of Brazil’s Ministry of Education in the framework of the Brazil-FAO International Cooperation Programme will hold the International Congress of School Feeding Programmes: Building pathways for food and nutritional education, from October 3rd to 5th, in Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil.
This event will gather approximately 300 national and international participants from Latin America and the Caribbean and aims to promote the articulation of different professionals in the areas of nutrition and education in order to spread good practices, as well as to promote the input needed to build knowledge, methodologies and learning procedures to the development of quality actions on food and nutritional education in schools from the participating countries.