Lo­cal del­e­ga­tion learns of Brazil school feed­ing pro­gramme on FAO/UN Mis­sion

Stabroek News Sunday - - PUBLIC NOTICE -

First Lady, San­dra Granger, along with sev­eral Min­is­ters of Gov­ern­ment, trav­elled last month to Brazil on a Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the United Na­tions (FAO/UN) mis­sion to learn and ex­change views on ex­pe­ri­ences in sus­tain­able school feed­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a FAO/UN press re­lease, school feed­ing has been manda­tory in pri­mary and se­condary schools in Brazil since 1955, but in 2009, a new pol­icy was in­tro­duced to es­tab­lish a 30% min­i­mum quota of procur­ing or­ganic agri­cul­tural prod­ucts from lo­cal farm­ers. This has obliged in­ter-dis­ci­plinary co­op­er­a­tion across line de­part­ments of ed­u­ca­tion, health and agri­cul­ture to sup­port lo­cal farm­ers in in­tro­duc­ing or­ganic farm­ing and sup­ply­ing schools with qual­ity pro­duce of nu­tri­tional value. To date, an av­er­age of 25% of lo­cal pro­cure­ment has been achieved coun­try­wide.

Af­ter com­pre­hen­sive pre­sen­ta­tions on the sus­tain­able school feed­ing pro­gramme at the na­tional, state and mu­nic­i­pal lev­els by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional School Feed­ing Pro­gramme (PNAE) and by the au­thor­i­ties of Vi­to­ria, the re­lease stated that the mis­sion vis­ited a pri­mary/se­condary school and a day care cen­tre/nurs­ery school to ob­serve the man­age­ment of the school feed­ing pro­gramme.

On the sec­ond day, a visit was made to the town of Santa Maria de Jetiba where the team briefly met with the Mayor and Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture of the town, fol­low­ing which, ac­com­pa­nied by the Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture, it met with mem­bers of a farm­ers’ co­op­er­a­tive that sup­plies agri­cul­tural pro­duce to the school feed­ing pro­gramme and toured Alta Santa Maria, where most of the small fam­ily farms are lo­cated, the re­lease said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the Mis­sion was par­tic­u­larly amazed by the demon­stra­tion of the strong and dy­namic en­gage­ment and own­er­ship dis­played by the com­mu­ni­ties, teach­ers, par­ents, cooks, stu­dents and farm­ers in driv­ing the sus­tain­able school feed­ing pro­gramme, the re­lease stated. Women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion and lead­er­ship from com­mu­nity level up to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity level was also very vis­i­ble.

The re­lease stated that in the com­ing weeks, the mis­sion mem­bers from the Gov­ern­ment and the UN sys­tem will work to­gether to ex­am­ine how lessons learnt and ex­pe­ri­ences shared could be used to strengthen Guyana’s school feed­ing pro­gramme with ap­pli­ca­ble good prac­tices from the Brazil ex­pe­ri­ence.

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