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Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Full title of the project:

Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Target areas:

Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 888 407
01/01/2014-31/01/2017
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/202/BRA
Objective:

To promote the food security of school pupils and small-scale farmers’ access to institutional markets by implementing local food purchase initiatives for food assistance through a jointly designed and implemented programme, counting with the engagement of governments, United Nations agencies and civil society.

Key partners:

World Food Programme (WFP), the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth – United Nations Development Programme, relevant line ministries and NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

62 040 farmers and schoolchildren.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 544 tonnes of agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizer and defensives) to a total of 15 998 smallholder farmers (43 percent were women).
  • Trained 5 476 extension staff and farmers in skills ranging from sustainable agricultural practices, post-harvest techniques and improved marketing.
  • Supported farmer organizations with the provision of machinery and equipment, including multi-threshers in Ethiopia, grading equipment in Malawi, silos, motor pumps and vegetable dryers in Mozambique and rice shelling machines in Senegal.
  • Facilitated the purchase of 5 139 tonnes of food (including harvested crops from supported farmer organizations) in the five countries, benefiting 46 042 students and 135 schools.
  • Provided training on nutrition, hygiene, food preservation and control of malnutrition to 627 school staff and community members in Malawi, Mozambique and Senegal.
  • Equipped schools to improve school feeding, including kitchens, cooking equipment, storage and millet mills, as well as vegetable dryers for school gardens.
  • Held national workshops and international events, including seminars, exchange visits and national consultations, on topics relevant to the promotion of local food procurement.
  • Provided technical input and contributed to the development of the National School Feeding Strategy in Ethiopia, the National Food Procurement Strategy from Smallholder Farmers in the Niger and the National Institutional Procurement Programme in Senegal.
Impact:
  • Enhanced productive capacity of farmers through the provision of timely quality inputs and training, resulting in higher yields among beneficiaries in Ethiopia, the Niger and Senegal.
  • Improved school feeding programmes and their coverage with locally produced, nutritionally diverse food, proper food preparation equipment and training on nutrition and hygiene.
  • Contributed significantly to covering schools’ food demands – 100 percent of targeted schools’ demand in Ethiopia and 82 percent of targeted schools’ cereal demand in Senegal – and supplemented WFP’s existing school feeding programme.
  • Enhanced national programmes that support local food purchase through facilitating the adoption of policies, conducting workshops and international events and fostering key partnerships.
  • Influenced national policy frameworks in the Niger and Senegal, with the project approach adopted by the Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens Initiative and the Triennial Priority Investment Plan.