FGV’s Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP) featured at conference on public policy in Singapore with project on nutrition

The finalist project consists of a system that facilitates the connection between the population and farmers for the consumption of natural foods.
Public Policy
14 March 2019
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 so-called Eat Food project was based on the perception that on the one hand, big cities see a huge waste of food, which reaches 30% of the total produced, while on the other, they also see a difficulty of access of the peripheral population to fresh food at affordable prices.

MPGPP students Marcela Ferreira, Leon Norking Rangel and Carolina Uehara, whose team reached the finals, said that the most projects were focused on the goal of improving nutrition among the population. In the group’s opinion, what led FGV to the finals was the fact that a large part of the proposals featured simpler solutions, such as information platforms, applications and websites. “Our project was more complete. We proposed a framework that can adapt a public policy to any situation and any community, connecting producers and consumers,” they said.

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.