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International School Feeding Experts Gather for 11th Global Child Nutrition Forum

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         
Contact: Erik Peterson
703-739-3900

epeterson@schoolnutrition.org 

ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 30, 2009) -- The 11th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum will kick off in Stellenbosh, South Africa on May 5, 2009.  The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) is collaborating with Joint Aid Management (JAM) on the Forum, which marks the beginning of a three-year technical assistance cycle to advance school feeding through problem-solving and communication with country leaders from a variety of nations.

 Themed “A Catalyst for Development: Linking Sustainable School Feeding and Local Farm Production,” the Forum brings together thirty-six delegates from African, Latin American and Middle Eastern Countries. Confirmed participants include Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland, Benin, Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Brazil. The Forum assembles experts to assist leaders in developing countries with starting or expanding sustainable school feeding programs.  Upon returning home they serve as resources in their countries and often for neighboring nations developing feeding programs. The Forum is the flagship program of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. During the past decade over 200 international delegates from 83 countries have participated and helped advance school feeding.

The event is preceded by the 2nd Annual School Feeding Roundtable, sponsored by JAM, on May 3-4, 2009, The Roundtable is an effort to bring the relevant actors to the table at one time to address a number of concerns and issues facing donors and implementers in the realm of school feeding – sustainability of programming, coherence and collaboration of implementation between organizations, measurement of progress, and improvement of monitoring and evaluation, among others.  Roundtable topics to be discussed in May include school feeding best practices; overcoming school feeding gaps and misconceptions, such as lack of nutritional impact and early childhood development; the future of school feeding in the developing world, including the impact of high food prices, shrinking budgets and a lack of national ownership. 

The Global Child Nutrition Forum would not be possible without the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Illinois Soybean Association, Joint Aid Management, Solae, Tetra Pak, the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agriculture Service, Winston Industries and the World Food Programme

Participation in both the Global Child Nutrition Forum and the School Feeding Roundtable are by invitation only and SNA will bring you updates from the event. Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend the Forum.

The Global Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 2007, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to expand opportunities for the world’s children to receive adequate nutrition for learning and achieving their potential.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.  Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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