To conclude the “Virtual Study Visit: Brazil” with Namibia, which had its first session at the beginning of the month, representatives of the government and the World Food Program (WFP) in the country participated in a virtual meeting this Thursday, 16 from November.
The visit is promoted by the WFP Center of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil in partnership with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) and the National Education Development Fund (FNDE), and was attended by support from the Brazilian Embassy in Windhoek.
The meeting revolved around the videos that make up the Virtual Visit and detail the Brazilian National School Feeding Program (PNAE). Among the topics covered are how the program is financed, main legal frameworks, institutional capacity, design and implementation, community participation and the role of family farming in school feeding.
In Brazil, school meals are a constitutionally guaranteed right, with financial resources provided for in the annual budget of the Ministry of Education, being a free and universal public policy and reaching more than 40 million students daily.
“The Brazilian government firmly believes that investing in food security and nutrition for younger generations is an investment in development, equality and the guarantee of human rights”, stated the president of the FNDE, Fernanda Pacobahyba, during her speech.
Among the main questions asked by Namibian representatives were doubts about how the legal structure of school feeding in Brazil works, how resources are managed locally in the program and how the PNAE covers indigenous, traditional and quilombola populations.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to reflect on the information obtained and the learning achieved during the Study Visit. We look forward to future collaborations,” said Edda Bohn, Deputy Executive Director of Formal Education at the Namibian Ministry of Education.
The “Virtual Study Visit: Brazil” was created in 2021 as a way to carry out exchanges between Brazil and other countries in the global South in an online format, thus saving resources and enabling visits to continue even in the context of the COVID pandemic -19. It covers the most significant aspects of the messages communicated during a visit on site to Brazil, supporting the dissemination of the main elements that were fundamental to the success of Brazilian policies in combating hunger and food insecurity.
“This Virtual Study Visit is a successful project that began during the pandemic, as a result of a partnership with the Brazilian government and which over the last two years has seen the active participation of countries such as Sierra Leone, Angola, Ethiopia and Lesotho”, added Daniel Balaban , director of the Center of Excellence.