School Feeding Sourced from Small Farmers Breaks New Ground in Africa

Female farmers in Ethiopia

An innovative partnership in five African countries is breaking new ground in the fight against hunger and malnutrition by sourcing food for school meals from small-scale farmers produce.

During its initial phase last year, the Purchase from Africans for Africa Programme (PAA) involved over 5,000 family farmers in feeding programmes in 424 schools in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal, with some 120,000 students benefiting. Food for scholastic feeding programmes is purchased from small farmers in the same areas where schools are located.

The PAA programme is now wrapping up its pilot phase and is looking to build on that experience to scale up and consolidate its activities in the five participating countries. The initiative is jointly managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in close cooperation with Brazil's Ministry for Agrarian Development and National Council for Food and Nutritional Security (CONSEA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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