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ministers to travel to Brazil

By Ntsebeng Motsoeli


MASERU — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and a delegation of Lesotho government ministers will travel to Brazil to learn how to manage school meals programmes.

The trip will be from August 25 to September 6, according to a press statement released by the WFP.

“Lesotho government ministers and officials will learn about the so-called Zero Hunger Strategy which originated in Brazil.

“It is being developed at the WFP Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, established in the capital, Brasilia, in partnership with the government of Brazil,” it said.

The centre was set up in 2011 to enable capacity development of national governments in the areas of school feeding, nutrition, and food security.

While there, the Lesotho team will also visit national institutions as well as schools, small producers, members of civic society and local government officials.

Each year, some 125 000 children living in mountainous and difficult-to-reach areas of Lesotho receive a lunch through the national School Meals Programme.

The programme is currently managed by the WFP.

“The visit, heralded as an example of cooperation between countries, is designed to help Lesotho officials integrate school feeding into broader national safety net policies and poverty alleviation programmes, and to support local agricultural production,” said the press release.

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