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2012 Global Child Nutrition Forum – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Stimulating Economic Development & Improving Food Security through School Feeding Programmes

May 13 – May 18, 2012

Sponsored by the Partnership For Child Development (Imperial College London) and Global Child Nutrition Foundation with technical support from the World Food Programme.

Objectives

The 2012 Forum will examine how institutionalized school feeding programs can encourage local economic growth while also improving the health and well-being of citizens.
More specifically, the Forum agenda will:

  • Identify the importance of policy framework, financing, design, institutional capacity, and community participation in implementing sustainable school feeding programs.
  • Improve access for smallholder farmers to stable markets through school feeding programmes.
  • Highlight the importance of private sector engagement across the supply chain in improving service delivery mechanisms and expanding efficient school feeding programs.
  • Provide in-depth snapshots of recent school feeding successes and challenges in Africa nations.

Agenda

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Theme: Stimulating Economic Development & Improving Food Security through School Feeding Programs
Chair – Government of Ethiopia

8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  •  Gene White, President, GCNF
  •  Lesley Drake, Executive Director, PCD

9:00 – 9:45 am Formal Opening by the Government of Ethiopia

  • Minister of Education, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Minister of Agriculture, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

9:45 – 10:30 am Keynote Speaker: John Agyekum Kufuor, Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Partnership for Child Development Global Advocate for Home Grown School Feeding and World Food Programme Ambassador of the UN against Hunger

10:30 – 11:00 am Networking

11:00 – 11:30 am Key Issues – Delegates thoughts

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Q&A

1:30 – 3:00 pm Keynote Panel Discussion: Linking Policy to School Feeding

  • Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, World Food Programme
  • Khalid Bomba, Chief Executive Officer, Agriculture Transformation Agency
  • Don Bundy, Lead Specialist for Health, Nutrition and Population in the African Region, World Bank
  • Kent Holt, Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Solae

3:00 – 3:30 pm Q&A

3:30 – 4:30 pm Promoting National School Feeding Policies: The African Union perspective on School Feeding (NEPAD, CAADP)

  •  Bibi Giyose, Advisor Food and Nutrition Security, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

5:00 pm Welcome Reception

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Theme: Strengthening the Supply Chain
Chair - Development Partner

8:30 – 8:45 am Reflection on Day 1

  • Country Participant

8:45 – 9:15 am Nutrition and School Feeding

  • Alice Martin-Daihirou, Chad Country Director, World Food Programme

9:15 – 10:15 am Panel Discussion: Food Quality, Supply and Governance

  • FAO Ethiopia (Speaker TBD)
  • Dr. Shahid Rashid, Senior Research Staff, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Stephane Meaux, Programme Officer, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Unit, World Food Programme
  • Dick Commandeur, Senior Technical Advisor for the Procurement Governance project, SNV-Netherlands

10:15 – 10:45 am Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 am Networking

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Panel Discussion: Experiences in National School Feeding Programmes: Challenges and Ways Forward Malawi, Mali and Mozambique (Chair: Daniel Balaban, Director, WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger)

1:30 – 2:30 pm Panel Discussion: Private Sector Role in the Supply Chain (Chair: Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food Nutrition and Consumer Services)

  • Zeco Ebro, General Manager, Fafa Food Shares Company
  • Kelly Boucher-Aburi, Food for Development Project Development Director, Tetra Pak East Africa
  • Jim Hershey, Executive Director, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health
  • Cristián Martinez, Optimizar Limited

2:30 – 3:00 pm Q&A

3:00 – 3:30 pm Dubai Cares commitment to Home Grown School Feeding

3:30 – 4:00 pm Ethiopia: Country Snapshot & Field Trip Briefing

4:00 – 5:00 pm Networking

DAY 3: Thursday, May 17
School Feeding Field Trip

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Field trip for school feeding observation

6:30 pm Market Place and Reception

DAY 4: Friday, May 18
Theme: Benefits of School Feeding Programs
Chair - Country Delegate

8:30 – 9:30 am Panel Discussion: Stimulating Local Economy: Farm Cooperatives Development through Home Grown School Feeding

  • Mme. Odette Loan, Advisor on Farmer Cooperatives
  • Anne Mbaabu, Director, Market Access Program, AGRA
  • Sarah Longford, P4P Coordinator, World Food Programme
  • Dr. Christine Yamba-Yamba, Zambia School Milk Programme

9:30 – 10:30 am Panel Discussion: Advancements Over 2011 in School Feeding

  • Don Bundy, Lead Specialist for Health, Nutrition and Population in the African Region, World Bank
  • Carmen Burbano, School Feeding Specialist and Policy Officer, WFP Policy, Planning and Strategy Division
  • Wentzel Mitchell, Senior Program Analyst, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Penny McConnell, Board of Directors, Global Child Nutrition Foundation
  • Lesley Drake, Executive Director, Partnership for Child Development

10:30 – 10:45 am Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 am Networking

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Communiqué Presentation

12:00 – 12:30 pm Closing General Session

  • Minister of Education, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Gene White, President, Global Child Nutrition Foundation
  • Lesley Drake, Executive Director, Partnership for Child Development

View the Agenda (pdf)


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