14 – 18 May 2012: Global Children’s Nutrition Forum

The Director of TBF attended the 2012 Global Child Nutrition Forum, held in Addis Ababa from 13 – 18 May 2012. This forum seeks to highlight the actions countries are taking in stimulating economic development and improving food security through national school feeding programmes. Countries around the world are implementing Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes as this has shown to improve food security, rural prosperity, increase school enrolment (especially for girls) and improve their health and nutrition.

The Forum was hosted by the Ethiopian Government, co-sponsored by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the Partnership for Child Development and supported by the World Food Programme. 185 participants made up of delegates, speakers and observers representing government departments, international, national and local NGOs, donors, media and academics. The participants represented United States of America, United Kingdom, Dubai, Cote D’Ivoire, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa, Italy, Kenya, Argentina, Sudan, Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Kenya, Nigeria, Sweden, Zanzibar, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Guinea, Chad, Gambia, Cape Verde, Botswana, Angola, Chile and Brazil.

Although Mr Glen was attending the Conference as an observer, some key lessons were learnt;

  1. School feeding is an investment in the future economy
  2. School feeding has a number of models, funders and implementation plans
  3. The future success of school feeding is very dependent on Public Private Partnerships with an emphasis on driving community engagement / participation.
  4. The TBF model includes many aspects of the lessons learnt by international aid agencies like the World Food Programme who has been funding and implementing school feeding programmes across Africa, Asia, the East and Middle East for decades.

The Foundation now plans to present a paper on In-School Feeding Programmes at the 2013 GCNF. The conference is an essential platform for any organisation involved in food security/feeding to exchange ideas, challenges and successes.

For more information on the Global Children’s Nutrition Forum, please contact Kelvin on 011 840 4654 or email Kelvin.glen@tigerbrands.com

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