Brazil–Africa knowledge-sharing on social protection and food and nutrition security
This paper (PDF) was published by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and is an analysis on how knowledge-sharing between Brazil and several sub-Saharan countries, in the fields of social protection and food and nutrition security policies and programmes has influenced the African policies and programmes. According to the research, experiences that were shared about programs like Bolsa Familia, Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar and the Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos were the inspiration for the creation of similar tools in African countries and had a positive impact. Several successes of this South – South cooperation are presented, like the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) program in Ghana. But also the Kenyan National Social Protection Scheme (NSPS) is a clear success of South-South exchange. Two of the most successful social protection programs are the school feeding systems in Brazil and Mexico. Due to knowledge sharing activities these programs got several spin-offs in African countries. Next to the successes also the challenges of the cooperation are analysed. For example, the pros and cons of ad-hoc and different initiatives and learning exchanges, instead of a structured plan of action that could ensure more coherence. A lack of data makes it difficult to draw conclusions on what should work best.