Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (Foro FSN)

Protección social

WEBINAR - Home-Grown School Feeding

This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO eLearning Academy, Agreenium (l'Institut agronomique, vétérinaire et forestier de France) and UN-ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific). These webinars are an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt, discuss challenges, and propose innovative solutions and models. They aim to provide a holistic and comprehensive view of current trends in thematic areas related to global challenges, by combining development research and innovation perspectives.

The main objective is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, University professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. Webinars can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where sharing perspectives and asking questions to experts is encouraged.

The objectives of this session on Home-Grown School Feeding are to:

  • define and explain concepts, benefits and beneficiaries of Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes;
  • present  the key elements of the HGSF elearning course to support the planning, design and implementation of HGSF programmes, and
  • discuss partnerships as critical enablers for strong and potential successful HGSF programmes.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 21 October 2020, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST.

Please register here.

Webinar: Innovation in social protection in response to COVID-19 in the NENA region: Building on best practices case

Thursday, 9 July 2020 @14:00 - 15:30 (UTC+2)

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread throughout the Near East and North Africa (NENA) - Arab States region. The pandemic will have huge impacts on public health and represents already an unprecedented shock to economies, food systems and labour markets globally and in the NENA region, affecting rural poverty and resilience. It is estimated that an additional 8.3 million people in the region could fall into poverty. 

Given this broader impact, the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic require responses that go far beyond the health sector; including measures to assist people and protect them against falling into poverty due to the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, highlighting the crucial importance of inclusive, comprehensive and stable social protection systems. Systems that respond to differentiated needs across population and income groups, are flexible to be scaled up quickly in times of crisis and contribute to the resilience of food systems. 

FAO highlights the importance of using innovation and digital applications in social protection as a way to ensure that people can maintain their livelihoods and sustain themselves in times of emergencies and beyond, especially in rural areas. This webinar will set the stage by looking at some of the promising digital and innovative solutions in social protection in order to limit the negative impacts of this crisis on rural poverty, resilience and food systems, including on food security and nutrition.

The webiminar will address the following questions:

  • How the NENA region has been affected by the crisis? (Socio-economic impacts)
  • What social protection initiatives have been implemented to support rural areas that can be scaled up and replicated? (Selected success country-cases from NENA, and other examples)
  • How can governments and partners foster innovation and digital technology applications in social protection to build the basis for a more comprehensive and inclusive social protection system in the long-term?  


Opening remarks:

  • Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa – FAO
  • Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist for NENA Region – World Bank 



  • Fabio Veras, Communications, Publication and Research Coordinator – IPC-IG, Overview of the social protection response to COVID-19 around the world and in the region for FSN. 
  • Samman Thapa, Regional Social Policy Advisor for the MENA region – UNICEF, Overview of the child-sensitive social protection response to COVID-19 around the world and in the region. 
  • Rodrigo Assumpçã, Social protection Management Information Systems specialist – ILO, Overview of the horizontal expansion of social protection to the informal and rural economy in Egypt or Tunisia.
  • Chakib Abouzaid, Secretary General – General Arab Insurance Federation, Overview of the role of agriculture insurance as a response to COVID-19 in the region.
  • Salma Zaky, Social Protection Officer & Marta Dabbas, Regional Digital Assistance Services Officer – WFP, Overview of digital technology applications in social protection in response to COVID-19 in the region. 
  • Omar Benammour, Social Protection Officer – FAO ESP, Overview of FAO’s work on social protection in the region and the response to COVID-19: Example of Kenya, Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco.


Facilitated by: Omar Benammour, Social protection Officer – FAO



Only registered participants will attend, please find the Registration Link here

Please note that the session will start on time on 09 July 2020 at 14:00 – 15:30 (UTC +2)

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For further inquiries please feel free to contact: [email protected] 

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Fresh tomatoes for lunch – the schoolchildren celebrate the first harvest

13 June, 2018, Ararat region, Armenia – The staff and pupils of Vedi secondary school where all present today at school, despite the fact that the school year is over and pupils enjoy their summer holidays. The reason was more than justified – the greenhouse gave the first harvest! There was tasty food, Armenian national dances and admiration, which was seen in everyone’s eyes.

This greenhouse is the smallest in size from the three established in Ararat marz within the framework of Russian Funded “Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia” project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in technical partnership with the Russian Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI).

Compared to its size, the harvest was very rich, for which, of course, a big credit goes to the caring staff and pupils of the school.

The principal of the school Mrs. Papoyan expressed her gratitude to FAO and SIFI for the valuable work done and for the willingness and kindness to help her in realization of the dream project. “Words cannot express the feelings that I have today, and how much thankful I am to all of you for your support and input in this hard work”, she said.  “Our pupils have the chance to taste the fresh grown vegetables throughout the whole year, which will add up to their nutritional value and dietary diversity”.  

“We are happy to be here to celebrate the first harvest from the greenhouse, which is the result of dedicated work and productive cooperation of the school staff, FAO of the UN and SIFI project teams” said Ms. Zaruhi Beglaryan, National Project Coordinator of the FAO project.  “We do hope that vegetables produced in the greenhouse will help to improve diversity and fulfil nutrition requirements of schoolchildren’s diets”.

At the end of the event the pupils, teachers and all invitees tasted the fresh tomatoes which were served together with cooked buckwheat – the hot meal of the day!

Nigeria lanza el mayor programa de alimentación escolar de África

El Programa nacional de alimentación escolar con productos locales (HGSF, por sus siglas en inglés) de Nigeria ha sido presentado oficialmente por el vicepresidente del país, el profesor Yemi Osinbajo, en una reunión especial en Abuja de los ministros federales y estatales y las partes interesadas en el campo de la alimentación escolar.

El programa HGSF es parte de un Programa de Inversión Social financiado con 500 000 millones de nairas anunciado por la administración Buhari para combatir la pobreza y mejorar la salud y la educación de los niños y otros grupos vulnerables. Cuando está completamente desarrollado, el componente de alimentación escolar de este programa tiene como objetivo apoyar a los Estados para alimentar de forma colectiva a más de 24 millones de niños en edad escolar, convirtiéndose en el mayor programa de alimentación escolar de este tipo en África.

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