Communities Nourishing Communities: We Call It Progress

School children in Ghana Imagine if the meal you ate for lunch every day at school was made from ingredients grown only a few kilometres away. That’s the reality for Mebrat and Bizunesh, students at Harifa Chafa Primary School in Ethiopia.

Their nutritious WFP school meals – a porridge made of bean and maize flour, vegetable oil, and salt – don’t just give them the energy to succeed in the classroom: most of the food is grown by farmers in their community through WFP’s Purchase for Progress programme.

It comes down to the community helping the community. Since 2010, for example, WFP has contracted over 55,000 tons of maize and haricot beans through P4P to use in all of its programs in Ethiopia.

As a result, small-scale farmers in Ethiopia are achieving more than they ever thought possible. Many keep expanding the potential of their farms and learning new skills. Others still are sending their kids and grandkids to school for the first time. And for students like Mebrat and Bizunesh, it means their daily WFP school meal is made from crops purchased by WFP directly from Ethiopian farmers.

Read more in the original article from P4P, Communities Nourishing Communities, We Call it Progress

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