A family participating in Programa Cozinha Brasil is featured in a TV program created as part of a partnership between the Brazilian government and TV station EBC. Photo by: TV Brasil - EBC

Over the past four years, the Brazilian government has been teaching its people how to cook affordable, nutritious meals while cutting food waste in the kitchen. In time, poor families in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa, will learn this technique.

Under a partnership signed May 21 in Rome, the Food and Agriculture Organization and Brazil will seek to replicate the latter’s food education program called Programa Cozinha Brasil in the country’s neighbors and Africa.

The initiative uses mobile learning kitchens and pairs nutritionists with chefs to provide recipes that are not only delicious but also satisfy nutritional goals and respect regional food preferences, products and cooking methods. It educates participants on how to use all parts of food supplies.

At the signing of the pact, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who hails from Brazil, noted that 1.3 billion metric tons of food goes to waste, and reducing the volume requires promoting food and education.

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