FGV’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) featured at conference on public policy in Singapore with project on nutrition
The team of students of the Professional Master’s Degree in Management and Public Policy (MPGPP) of FGV’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) have attended the Annual Conference of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), held between February 28 and March 2, at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.
According to Claudio Couto, Coordinator of MPGPP, the group brings together seven of the world’s most outstanding Public Administration schools, with FGV being the only representative from Latin America. GGPN’s annual meeting hosts a number of projects from these schools, which are analyzed by a board composed of representatives of the member schools.
This year, FGV submitted two projects, one of which reached the final. The finalist project consists of a system that facilitates the connection between the population and farmers for the consumption of natural foods. The topic converges with at least four of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which set the criteria required by the organization of the meeting to judge the submissions. “Zero Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture,” “Health and Well-Being,” “Sustainable Cities and Communities” and “Partnerships and Means of Implementation” were the goals contemplated, according to Cláudio Couto.
The project was based on the perception that large cities are witnessing enormous rates of food waste, which amounts to 30% of the total production, while witnessing the difficulty of access by the peripheral population to fresh food and affordable prices.
Marcela Ferreira, a student from MPGPP who joined the finalist team, claims that the goal of promoting improvements in the population’s nutrition was the one that received the most submissions. In her opinion, what led FGV to the final was the fact that most of the proposals presented specific solutions, such as information platforms, applications, and websites. “Our project was more complete. The proposal was to create a framework that can adapt, in any situation and in any community, a public policy that promotes the connection between producers and consumers,” she explained.
According to Fernando Burgos, Professor at EAESP, the UN’s development goals have become crucial for public administrators at both the federal and state levels. “We have created an elective course designed to address the goals and to train students to think about the policies that could be applied to these concepts,” he said.