Program of Brazil-FAO International Cooperation

Sustainable School Feeding Network

The Sustainable School Feeding Network (RAES) is an International Cooperation tool developed by the Government of Brazil, through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC/MRE) and the National Fund Educational Development (FNDE/MEC), with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), through the project Consolidation of School Feeding Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The RAES was a response of these Brazilian institutions to the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025), promulgated by the UN General Assembly in 2016 after the recommendations of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, held in Rome, in 2014. The Decade records the commitment of world leaders to establish national policies aimed at eradicating hunger and malnutrition, seeking the transformation of food systems in favor of nutritious diets and access to healthy food for all people.

RAES Network seeks to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in the implementation and reformulation of their school feeding programs, under the principle of the human right to adequate food. This means supplying all students with healthy, adequate and tasty food, according to the local culture and implementing food and nutrition education actions.

The creation of the Network took into account the vast Brazilian experience accumulated on school feeding over more than 66 years. The program is characterized by its wide coverage, benefiting, daily and universally, 41 million students. It also considered the Brazilian experience of international cooperation developed since 2009 along with FAO.

Since 2018, RAES Network has made efforts to promote dialogue, develop capacities, exchange experiences and information, with the aim of consolidating school feeding programs in the Latin American and Caribbean region and favoring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).