The Global Child Nutrition Forum

The Global Child Nutrition Forum is a learning exchange and technical assistance conference held annually to support countries in the development and implementation of sustainable school feeding programs. Since 1997, the annual Global Child Nutrition Forum has united leaders from developing countries for five days of intensive training, technical assistance and planning, all directed toward establishing country-operated sustainable school feeding programs. By sharing their insights, experiences, and challenges, an informal worldwide alliance of leaders dedicated to advancing school feeding has evolved. As a result, the Forum has become a global catalyst for school feeding development.

Organized by Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and The WFP/Centre of Excellence against Hunger, the Forum brings together those interested in school feeding and child nutrition programs, including representatives of government offices, companies, international organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, and many others. The Forum encourages open dialogue and the sharing of experiences, best practices, lessons, challenges, and options to sustainably support nutritious, home-grown school meal programs. It is hosted in a different country each year, affording participants the opportunity to visit local schools and see one another’s programs in action. Past Forums have taken place in the U.S., Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, and Cabo Verde. Upon returning home, participants serve as resources in their countries and often for neighboring countries developing school feeding programs.

2017 Forum – Montréal, Canada

The 19th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum will take place September 17-21, 2017 in Montréal, Canada. The 2017 Forum theme is Bridge to Sustainable Development through School Meal Programs: Engaging Local, National, Regional, and Global Communities.

Organized annually by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger, for the first time in its history, the Forum will be held on Canadian soil, which was made possible thanks to the Breakfast Club of Canada, serving as the host organization.

This five-day event will bring together nearly 300 leaders from 50 countries, hailing from the political, humanitarian, community and institutional realms. The mission of the Forum is to help governments around the world build national school meal programs that are locally-sourced and country-operated. Attendees will take part in various workshops and conferences designed to:

• Build the capacity of governments to implement national school meal programs;
• Engage businesses to strengthen supply chains and increase political will for school meal programs; and
• Strengthen the field – among nonprofits, schools and researchers – to raise awareness and ensure strong support and resourcing for school meal programs.

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2016 Forum – Yerevan, Armenia

The 18th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum took place from September 5 to 9, 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. The 2016 Forum theme was Building Powerful and Durable National School Meal Programs. The Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with the Government of Armenia, and participants from around the world gathered together for five days of very productive discussions on school meal programs. The 247 participants left the event with new tools and resources to improve and expand school meals in their countries.

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2015 Forum – Sal Island, Cabo Verde

The 17th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum took place from September 28 to October 2, 2015 on Sal Island, Cabo Verde. The 2015 Forum theme was Innovative Financing for Nutrition-Based School Feeding Programs. GCNF and its partners were thrilled with the turnout, caliber of discussions, and the friendship and fun generated throughout the week.

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2014 Forum – Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

Over 250 people attended the 16th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa from September 29 to October 3, 2014, which was co-organized by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger. 10 ministers attended, along with more than 60 other high-level officials- 38 countries were officially represented. All 38 countries signed the Forum Communiqué, stressing that home-grown (locally-sourced) school feeding is an investment with tangible, multi-sector benefits. The communiqué also highlights nutrition and diet diversity, agriculture and purchasing from smallholder farmers, and South-South collaboration.

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2013 Forum – Costa do Sauípe, Brazil

From May 20-24, 2013, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre for Excellence hosted the 15th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil. The conference’s theme, “School Feeding as a National Investment: How to Achieve It” gathered roughly 300 people from 41 countries, of which 21 were Ministers from the education and agriculture sectors. This was the first year the Forum was held in Latin America, following four consecutive years of being held in Africa.

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