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DTU Studieprojekt - Collaboration with WFP Center of Excellence against Hunger. Product innovation and School feeding prorgam in Asia and Africa

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Collaboration with WFP Center of Excellence against Hunger. Product innovation and School feeding prorgam in Asia and Africa

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The World Food Programme Centre of Excellence against Hunger Brazil and DTU Skylab FoodLab are joining forces to create smart solutions to fight hunger and malnutrition. The partnership’s main objective is to combine WFP’s long-term experience in assisting countries with their food security programmes and DTU’s expertise in translating research into technical solutions for real world problems.

WFP is the United Nations’ frontline agency in the global fight against hunger and malnutrition. The WFP Centre of Excellence Brazil was created in 2011 as a partnership between the World Food Programme and the Brazilian Government, to showcase Brazil’s successful experience in fighting hunger and malnutrition through integrated social programmes.

Research topic
WFP CoE Brazil strongly encourages national school feeding programmes to be “home-grown”. This means that the food items consumed in school meals would be purchased, a least in part, from small local producers and farmers. However, fostering this connection presents many challenges – that go from adapting school menus to local produce, to structuring smallholders’ supply to be able to sell their produce at a reasonable price.

School feeding is a simple intervention, with multiple benefits. If well planned, meals served in schools can supply a good part of schoolchildren’s nutritional needs, which also contributes to their general state of health. The provision of meals in schools can also be used as a tool to promote healthier eating habits for children and their families, through balanced menus and complementary nutritional education.

Attendance, enrolment and performance rates tend to improve when children eat at school. And research shows that well-fed children learn better.

When the food served in schools is purchased from smallholder farmers, school feeding programmes help to boost rural economies. This also generates income for rural families, who are highly vulnerable to hunger and poverty. In fact, in social vulnerability situations, school feeding constitutes an indirect income transfer to families, which can reach up to 10% of the household budget.

Finally, school feeding is an incentive for families to enrol and maintain their daughters in schools, even in societies where girls are traditionally excluded from formal education. This also helps to reduce child labour and marriage rates among girls.

All in all, the provision of school feeding represents a stable and predictable supply of food to children, contributing to improve their nutrition, health, academic performance and gender equality.

The primary beneficiaries of these programmes are school-going children, but these programs also benefit their families – as an indirect income transfer and by influencing eating habits -, as well as farmers who sell their produce to be consumed in school meals.
Area of intervention
One recurring challenge that developing countries like Africa and Asia face are facing, is to master preservation and processing techniques in small scale agriculture. This is particularly relevant in countries where food crops aren´t highly diverse and where production is not steady throughout the year. By using simple preservation techniques to slow down food items spoilage and using processing techniques to diversify these items’ consumption, countries could reduce food waste in the peaks of production and guarantee food offer for when production is low.

The aim of this challenge is to present techniques for the preservation and/or processing of three food items widely used in the CoE Brazil’s partner countries: cassava, peanuts and green beans. These products will be sold by smallholder farmers to school meals programmes, therefore their primary consumers are children. The crucial point were innovation is needed is to surmount the challenge of implementing these techniques in locations with limited or no access to technology, clean water and electricity.

Core topic of the project:
Which preservation and/or processing techniques could help smallholder famers in Africa and Asia to improve durability and use of cassava, peanuts and green beans?

The techniques should take into account that:
1. These products will be sold to school meals programmes, therefore their primary consumers are children;

2. The locations where these preservation/processing techniques will be implemented will have limited or no access to technology, clean water and electricity.

Contac Roberto Flore for more informations

I samarbejde med
World food Programme

Forudsætninger
Experience in product development - product innovation

Emneord

  • Bioteknologi og biokemi
  • Fysik
  • Bakterier og mikroorganismer
  • Ernæring og kostvaner
  • Fødevarekvalitet
  • Fødevareproduktion
  • Fødevaresikkerhed
  • Fødevareteknologi
Tags
  • sustainability
  • SustainableDevelopmentGoals
Kontakt
Virksomhed/organisation
DTU Skylab

Navn
Roberto Flore

Stilling
FoodLab Manager

Mail
roflo@dtu.dk

Vejleder-info
Kandidatuddannelsen i Fødevareteknologi
Vejleder
Roberto Flore

Medvejledere
Roberto Flore

Type
Kandidatspeciale, Specialkursus

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