074 Brazil – FAO Trilateral South-South Cooperation on Food Security and Nutrition

Results and lessons learned of South-South Cooperation in building capacities to end hunger and rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

Organizers

  • Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
  • National Education Development Fund (FNDE) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education
  • Special Secretariat for Family Farming and Rural Development of the Brazilian Presidency
  • Brazilian  Ministry of Social Development (MDS)
  • FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Colombian Ministry of Rural Development
  • Colombian National Network of Family Farming

Abstract

In the last two decades, Brazil has achieved significant results in the fight to hunger and rural poverty due to a comprehensive set of public policies on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) based on the Human Right to adequate food. For this reason, Brazil has become a reference on FNS, arousing great interest of the international community, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In order to share the Brazilian experiences in the area, Brazil and FAO established, in 2008, a Global Trilateral South-South Cooperation Program, which started its activities in Latin America and Caribbean. This successful partnership involves the Brazilian Government, through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and more than 15 Brazilian Ministries; FAO through its network of Regional and country offices; and countries from the region. Throughout this decade, Brazil has invested almost USD 60 million in more than 30 projects.

The objectives of the Programme are building institutional capacities of governments to elaborate, implement and monitor effective and inclusive policies to end hunger, as well as strengthening permanent and multi-stakeholders dialogue spaces on FNS. The main axis of the Programme are: i) strengthening of sustainable and integrated school feeding programmes to promote healthy eating habits and provide institutional markets to local family farmers; ii) strengthening of family farming, through a comprehensive set of policies that encompass technical assistance, credit and social protection; and iii) strengthening of FSN Governance that ensures the necessary articulation among different sectors and multi-stakeholders participation.

After 10 years, the Programme achieved important results, especially in terms of fostering strategic alliances at regional and national levels for FNS, promoting a parading shift of FNS as a fundamental means to ensure inclusive and sustainable development, supporting the reform of legal and policy frameworks, and expanded access of family farmers to institutional markets.

What are the major lessons learned of Brazil - FAO Trilateral South-South Cooperation Programme? How can the programme contribute to address the emerging challenges for FNS in the region, especially regarding the increasing obesity rates and the climate change negative impacts on livelihoods? What are the key innovations foreseen for the following years? These are the key questions that this side event will address.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Ambassador Ruy Pereira, Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
  • José Graziano da Silva, Director- General of FAO
  • Lilian Rahal, National Secretary of Food Security and Nutrition of the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development (MDS)
  • Jefferson Coriteac, Special Secretary for Family Farming and Rural Development  (SEAD) of Brazil
  • Silvio Pinheiro, President of the National Education Development Fund (FNDE) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education
  • Elisabetta Racine, President of the Brazilian National Council for Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA)
  • Socorro Agua Pineda, Coordinator of Food Security of the Colombian Ministry of Rural Development  (through Video Message)
  • Pedro Guzmán, International Liaison Officer of the Colombian National Family Farming Network (RENAF)
  • Marcela Villareal, Director of the South-South Partnerships and Cooperation Division of FAO

Main themes/issues discussed

  • Brazilian  experience in the fight to hunger and rural poverty through   a comprehensive set of public policies on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS)
  • major results, key innovations  and lessons learned of the Brazil - FAO Trilateral South-South Cooperation Programme
  • discussion on how the Programme can contribute to address the emerging challenges for FNS in the region, especially regarding the increasing obesity rates and the climate change negative impacts on livelihoods

Summary of key points

  • Brazil has become a reference on FNS, arousing great interest of the international community, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • In order to share the Brazilian experiences in the area, Brazil and FAO established, in 2008, a Global Trilateral South-South Cooperation Program, which started its activities in Latin America and Caribbean. This successful partnership involves the Brazilian Government, through ABC and more than 15 Brazilian Ministries. Brazil has invested almost USD 60 million in more than 30 projects.
  • The cooperation with Brazil has enabled FAO to build a new momentum in the international cooperation and has contributed to forge a new modus operandi for the South-South Cooperation, "a cooperation of equals", putting into practice the principles of horizontality and participation.
  • Brazil – FAO projects have reinforced spaces for dialogue that contribute to the construction of more inclusive and effective public policies for family agriculture and school feeding.
  • The projects enabled the strengthening of the rural women' agenda in the region and the civil society active participation.
  • This model of South-South Cooperation, based on mutual learning and peer to peer exchange, allowed for the institutional learning of the Brazilian Institutions involved as well as for the critical reflection and improvement of the Brazilian FNS related policies.

Key take away messages

Brazil and FAO are  working on defining a new strategic plan that will guide the actions of the next decade of partnership, focusing on the emerging FSN challenges (rising rates of obesity and the negative impacts of climate change) and a wider and more active participation of CSOs and small farmers.

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CFS - Side Event 074 - Brazil – FAO Trilateral South-South Cooperation on Food Security and Nutrition