WFP increases smallholders' livelihoods by introducing popular food Gari in Sierra Leone's SFP

Sierra Leone's School Feeding Programme Gari, a popular food in West Africa also known as tapioca, which is flour made from cassava tubers, is now being distributed by the World Food Programme in its school feeding programme in Sierra Leone. Small-scale suppliers who sell gari along with rice to WFP, are offered an additional opportunity to increase their income, and at the same time this ensures a local preference for gari which focuses on using cassava as a national crop rather than bulgar wheat. 

Pupils in schools supported by WFP's school meal programme are also reportedly happy to now receive gari, which was welcomed by the Ministry of Education. Expanding local production and marketing capacities for gari is also an important step towards increased regional trade, where huge opportunities exist for selling the staple crop. 

Under the Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme, WFP in Sierra Leone issued a contract for five tons of gari to a small trader in early 2011 - this marked the first time that WFP had tried to purchase gari locally and it was successful. After this initial purchase, WFP started to negotiate further contracts with farmers’ organizations supported by supply-side partners. Subsequently, three more contracts for 5 tons each were signed in mid-2011; a second-time contract with the trader and two with farmers’ organizations (FOs). All contracts were fulfilled by the suppliers and the gari was distributed in WFP’s school meals programme.

Read more in the original article from the WFP Purchase for Progress Blog

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