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Final Reflections on the Event
Inputs from the participants of the Members States of the School Meals Coalition for the Global Ministerial Meeting in Paris 2023
29 - 31 August 2023
Brasília, Brazil

The objective of this event was to offer a platform to strengthen partnerships between key actors, including Ministers of Education, Social Development and Finance or Planning, to share the latest evidence and to exchange programmatic learnings to better contribute to human and social capital development in the region.

The event, co-organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Food Programme and the Centre of Excellence against Hunger of WFP, in collaboration with the government of Brazil and with the valuable contribution of important partners of our region, featured the launch of the “State of School Feeding in LAC” a publication developed by the IDB and WFP and well as the launch of a regional study on “Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition” developed by the WFP with the IDS and IFPRI.

The event provided spaces for governments to engage in multi-sectoral policy dialogue, furthered technical capacities, and political and financial commitments to improve the quality and coverage of school feeding programmes and to better determined how social protection can link to food security and nutrition outcomes.

This initiative built on the momentum created by the IX School Feeding Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean hosted in Barranquilla, Colombia in April 2022 and the Transforming Education Summit hosted in New York, USA in September 2022. It is also expected to feed into the Global Ministerial Meeting on School Meals to be held in October 2023 in Paris.

We look forward to welcoming you in the X School Feeding Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean to be hosted in Mexico City, Mexico.

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State of School Feeding in Latin America and the Caribbean 2022

Moderated by:
  • Lola Castro, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP
Presentation on findings:
  • Marie Evane Tamagnan, Senior Education Specialist, BID
  • Sarah Kohnstamm, Regional School Feeding Advisor, WFP
Commentators:
  • Gary Conille, Regional Director, UNICEF
  • Daniela Godoy, Senior Policy Officer Food Security and Nutrition, FAO
  • Mary Guinn Delaney, Regional Advisor on Education for Health and Well-being, UNESCO
Closing comments:
  • Heidi Kessler, Deputy Director, GCNF
  • Donald Bundy, Director of the Research Consortium of the School Meal Coalition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Lola Castro

Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

WFP

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Marie Evane Tamagnan

Senior Education Specialist

BID

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Sarah Kohnstamm

Regional School Feeding Advisor

WFP

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Gary Conille

Regional Director

UNICEF

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Daniela Godoy

Senior Policy Officer Food Security and Nutrition

FAO

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Mary Guinn Delaney

Regional Advisor on Education for Health and Well-being

UNESCO

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Heidi Kessler

Deputy Director

GCNF

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Donald Bundy

Director of the Research Consortium of the School Meal Coalition

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Launch of the Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition Study

Moderated by:
  • William Wiseman, Practice Manager Social Protection and Jobs Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
Presentation on findings:
  • Giulia Baldi, Regional Social Protection Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP
  • Carla Mejía, Regional Nutrition Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP
  • Nicholas Nisbett, Fellow at IDS and Professor of Global Public Policy, Nutrition and Health Equity University of Sussex
Commentators:
  • Rodrigo Martínez, Senior Social Affairs Officer, ECLAC
  • Ruy López Ridaura, General Director of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control, México
Closing comments:
  • William Wiseman, Practice Manager Social Protection and Jobs Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
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Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

IDS

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William Wiseman

Practice Manager Social Protection and Jobs Latin America and the Caribbean

World Bank

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Giulia Baldi

Regional Social Protection Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean

WFP

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Carla Mejía

Regional Nutrition Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean

WFP

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Nicholas Nisbett

Fellow at IDS and Professor of Global Public Policy

Nutrition and Health Equity University of Sussex

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Rodrigo Martínez

Senior Social Affairs Officer

ECLAC

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Ruy López Ridaura

General Director of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control

México

 

Working Together for Stronger Human Capital

To address the region’s intertwined challenges, we can harness the power of multisector approaches, focusing on school feeding, nutrition, and social protection. Complementary interventions will help build what is known as ‘human capital’ – the sum of a population’s health, skills, knowledge, experience and habits.

Nourishing Minds for Success

Learn about the latest evidence on school feeding programs and their impact on education and nutrition. Discover how providing nutritious meals to children in schools, when many arrive in class on an empty stomach, not only improves their learning outcomes but also lays the foundation for a healthier and more productive future. School meals are some of the largest social protection programmes in the region, reaching more than 80 million children.

Impacting nutrition and food security through social protection

Explore the role of social protection programs as a pathway to nutrition and human development. Understand how these safety nets can lift vulnerable communities out of poverty and create a more inclusive society where everyone has access to essential services and support to grow healthy and reach its full potential.

Strengthening Partnerships for Lasting Impact

Engaging with key actors, WFP will launch the “State of School Feeding in Latin America and the Caribbean” with the IDB, and “Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition” with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) during the 3-day event in Brazil. By sharing programmatic learnings and collaborating, we can enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of our initiatives.

Strengthening Partnerships for Lasting Impact

Engaging with key actors, WFP will launch the “State of School Feeding in Latin America and the Caribbean” with the IDB, and “Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition” with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) during the 3-day event in Brazil. By sharing programmatic learnings and collaborating, we can enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of our initiatives.

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9h00 - 9h30
0. Opening Moderated by Claudia Palacios, Master of Ceremony
Moderated by:
  • Claudia Palacios, Master of Ceremony
Opening:
  • Lola Castro, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP
Speakers:
  • Camilo Santana, Minister of Education, Government of Brazil
  • Wellington Dias, Minister of Social Development, Brazil
  • Antonio Sá Ricarte, General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
  • Silvia Rucks, UN Resident Coordinator, Brazil
  • Morgan Doyle, IDB Country Representative, Brazil
Closing comments:
  • Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director for Programme and Policy Development, WFP
10h00 - 11h10
1. Human Capital development: challenges and opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean
11h30 - 12h30
2. Launch of State of School Feeding in LAC
12h30 - 13h20
3. School Meals Coalition: Commitments and opportunities in the LAC region
14h20 - 15h20
4. Home Grown School Meals - can schools transform local food systems for better diets?
15h50 - 16h45
5. School Feeding and Crises
16h45 - 17h30
6. Financing: What will it take to move the needle in school meals?
17h30 - 17h45
7. Closing Remarks
With special thanks to:
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