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Scaling Up - The Brazilian School Feeding Model - Using South-South Cooperation to share Brazil’s experience of school feeding in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Published on March 15, 2022

This booklet focuses on the school feeding experiences in Brazil and the implementation of Sustainable Schools activities in El Salvador and Nicaragua. During a relatively short period of time, this approach has brought huge benefits, leading to better nutrition among school children, the integration of food and nutritional education, greater community involvement and significant improvements in the income and welfare of family farmers.

Brazil is sharing its experience and knowledge of school feeding programmes with 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. More recently, the school feeding experiences are being shared with three countries in Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi and São Tomé and Príncipe. This is carried out in a variety of ways, including technical visits, study tours, seminars, policy dialogues, training events and courses overseen by project staff. The first chapter of this booklet focuses on the school feeding story in Brazil and is based on a four-day technical visit to the state of Santa Catarina, organized as an activity of the Strengthening of School Feeding Programmes. Participating countries included Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, St Lucia and Venezuela. Those attending included staff from national and local departments of education, health and agriculture. The following two chapters describe the achievements of sustainable school feeding activities in Nicaragua and El Salvador, both launched with the support of the Strengthening of School Feeding Programmes. Although these draw heavily on the experience in Brazil, the countries themselves are firmly in charge, shaping their school feeding programmes to meet local needs, policy conditions and culture.

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