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FAO, WFP, Brazil, the UK and five African governments working to empower small farmers and help Africa feed itself

09/10/2013 - 

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

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 EthiopiaMalawi,MozambiqueNiger and Senegal, with some 120,000 students benefitting.

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).

The UK's Ambassador to FAO, David Briscoe, stressed DFID's commitment to its continued involvement in the PAA programme, which over the next 18 months will seek to consolidate successes from the pilot period and scale-up activities in the five participating countries.

Antonino Marques Porto e Santos, Brazil's Ambassador to FAO, also expressed his government's commitment to the PAA initiatve - "to the work itself, and the results it is yielding, but also to the kind of South-South and interagency and multi-stakeholder partnership it entails."