Global Child Nutrition Forum 2013, Brazil

Panel of Ministers at GCNF 2012On the 20-24th May the Global Child Nutrition Forum will be held in Salvador, Brazil. Following previous GCNF's in Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana, this year's Forum marks the first time it has visited South America.

Since 1997, the annual Global Child Nutrition Forum has united leaders from developing countries for five days of intensive training, technical assistance and planning, all directed toward supporting country-led sustainable school feeding programmes.

By sharing their insights, experiences and challenges, an informal worldwide alliance of leaders dedicated to advancing school feeding has evolved. As a result, the Forum has become a global catalyst for school feeding development.

The Forum aims assist leaders in starting or expanding school feeding programmes linked to local farm production. The delegates represent countries developing new programmes, or seeking to improve existing school feeding programmes. The Global Forum programme provides:

  1. Hands-on programme planning in which countries evaluate their capacity and engage in a country needs assessments;
  2. development of country specific plans for establishing programmes;
  3. opportunities to learn from other countries’ experiences through the exchange of information about what works and what does not work through case studies and other strategies; 
  4. and networking mechanisms for continued collaboration after delegates return home.


The 2013 Forum will affirm school feeding as a national investment, which strengthens the interaction between social and economic development with stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of sustainable school feeding programmes. These stakeholders involve public and private actors, which play very specific role in supporting these programmes. More specifically, the Forum agenda will:

  1. Identify the importance of policy framework, financing, design, institutional capacity, and community participation in implementing sustainable school feeding programmes
  2. Identify the relations between investing in school feeding and the resulting benefits; Assist countries to develop a plan for establishing a sustainable school feeding programme;
  3. Provide experience based guidance and models for the development of sustainable national school feeding programmes;
  4. Develop partnerships among the smallholders’ farmers, governments, the private sector and stakeholders in adding value across the supply chain;
  5. Identify the importance of linking social safety nets to economic development through the development of a national school feeding programme. 

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