Nov. 9th, 2011

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Brazil Takes the Fight Against Hunger Abroad



SALVADOR, Brazil, Nov 8, 2011 (IPS) - The Brazilian government is extending its fight against hunger to the world stage, by inaugurating a Centre of Excellence Against Hunger to transmit its positive experiences to other developing countries with the help of United Nations agencies.

The Centre of Excellence, to be based in Brasilia, the capital, was launched Monday Nov. 7 by Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), and Marco Farani, head of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), in the presence of José Graziano da Silva, director-general elect of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The centre has already established partnerships between the WFP and Brazil, Mozambique, East Timor and Haiti.

"We are working together to develop technical cooperation capacities in African, Latin American and Asian countries, so that they can learn about Brazil's experience in combating hunger, and eventually develop their own national school meal programmes and anti-poverty policies," the head of the centre, Daniel Balabán, told IPS.

The Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, created to enable capacity development of national governments in the areas of school lunches, nutrition, and food security, will receive financial, technological and operational resources from Brazilian bodies and from the United Nations.

The goal, according to ABC's Farani, is "to disseminate good practices in the field of school feeding," taking advantage of WFP and Brazilian experience in the design, management and expansion of sustainable school meal programmes, as well as to support existing initiatives.MORE

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