2016 Forum At-a-Glance

In less than two months, attendees of the 18th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum will be arriving in Yerevan, Armenia for a week of interactive learning and discussion. See the forum overview at-a-glance below.[vc_empty_space]

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Dates: September 5 to 9, 2016

Theme: Building Powerful and Durable National School Meal Programmes

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology

On the Agenda:

  • Plenary panel sessions “What is the Case for Investing in Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF)?” and “A Comprehensive Resource Framework for HGSF”
  • Country Table Discussions
  • Workshops on Costing for School Meals; Advocacy; and Supply Chain Partnerships
  • Technical Consultation Booths
  • The Market Place, highlighting innovative organizations and services
  • Visits to local schools and the Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Venue: Marriott Hotel

Additional Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Note: Information on how to reserve your room will be made available after registration. Accommodations will be provided on a first come – first served basis. Forum participants are encouraged to arrive on September 4th and depart on the evening of the 9th or the morning of the 10th. Shuttles to and from the Yerevan International Airport will be available for participants who arrive and depart in this timeframe (you must make your own arrangements if you arrive or depart at different times).


To register and for more information: gcnf2016.org


GCNF June Update

June has been a busy month for the GCNF team.


Preparations for the 18th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum are well underway. This year’s event will take place September 5-9 in Yerevan, Armenia. We are currently filling up the Market Place booths. If you or your organization would like to have an exhibit booth, click here. The registration website is now live. To get more information about the forum or register to attend, head to www.gcnf2016.org.

Meetings in Addis Ababa and Rome

GCNF was on the move in late May and throughout June. To kick off the month, Arlene Mitchell and Daniel Mumuni represented GCNF at an African Union meeting in Ethiopia. The 5-day meeting focused on the AU’s recent announcement to drive an Africa-wide school feeding initiative and the development of an Africa-wide school feeding network. GCNF is very excited to see such a high level of commitment to school feeding across the continent.

Following the African Union meeting, Executive Director Arlene Mitchell went to the World Food Programme in Rome to attend an “Expert Convening on P4P.” The learning from P4P (Purchase for Progress, a 6-year pilot program under which WFP bought a portion of the food needed for its programs in 22 countries from smallholder farmers) is extremely relevant to GCNF’s work on home-grown school feeding. While in Rome, Arlene Mitchell also met with colleagues at the WFP and FAO regarding projects that all three organizations are collaborating on.

Resource Framework

GCNF was in Rome several more times as Daniel Mumuni traveled to Italy in May and June. Mr. Mumuni works with a range of peer organizations (WFP, WFP Centre of Excellence, FAO, PCD, IFAD, IFPRI) to further the development of a comprehensive “Framework” or resource package to help countries guide the development of their Home Grown School Feeding Programs. GCNF’s Agriculture and Nutrition Resource Package serves as the base for a portion of the Framework. The resource package is expected to be completed next year.

Save the Date: 2016 Global Child Nutrition Forum

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When: September 5 to 9, 2016

Where: Yerevan, Armenia

Primary theme: 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, are proud to announce that the 18th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from September 5 to 9, 2016.

More information on the exact venue of the Forum, flights, hotel, registration and other logistics will be available shortly.

Who’s invited? Representatives of government offices, companies, international organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, and others interested in school feeding and child nutrition programs. We particularly encourage participation of government representatives from the sectors which gain the most benefit from investing in nutritious, locally-sourced school meal programs: Education, Agriculture, Finance, Health, Industry and Trade, and Budget and Planning.

Why attend? This is the largest school feeding Forum in the world and is an opportunity to share your experience, successes, and challenges in school feeding and to learn what others are doing, as well as to interact with experts from around the world, see school feeding in action in Armenia, exhibit your programs and products in the Market Place, and more!