Agricultural officials, as well as nutrition and education experts from Latin America and the Caribbean, are currently meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, to discuss a new vision for school feeding programmes for the Caribbean. This is with a view to highlighting the benefits of education as it relates to sustainability and the production of food for schools.
The International Congress of School Feeding Programmes, which is being held from October 3 to 5, will focus on three main areas around the overall theme of Food and Nutrition Education.
Discussions will be held through lectures, workshops and exhibitions on topics such as the development of Food and Nutrition Education concepts, methodologies, best practices, and policies for school feeding programmes; as well as national developments and their impact on School Feeding Policies.
During the meeting, the technocrats will discuss and disseminate best practices, as well as provide the necessary inputs for the building of knowledge content, methodologies and didactic-pedagogical procedures necessary for the development of qualitative actions of food and nutritional education in schools.
Seventeen countries from across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to participate in and benefit from these discussions, which are being held within the framework of a regional project entitled: Strengthening School Feeding Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Brazilian Government, represented by the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE/MEC) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC/`MRE), under the International Cooperation Programme, have been carrying out this regional project as a part of the agenda of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Its main aim is to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 of eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition.