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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PAA Africa helps promote local agricultural

The ongoing Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa) in five African countries is helping to promote local Agriculture in Africa report NaijaAgroNet.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that the programme is structured on Brazil's achievements in fighting hunger and poverty and is implemented by five countries, namely Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal coupled with some technical control and expertise from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Florence Tartanac of FAO's rural infrastructure and agro-industries division said the PAA Africa programme contribute towards government efforts to combat rural poverty as it is shows in developing countries how the purchasing of produce from family farmers frequently among the most marginalized groups adds more value to the local market.

"Public purchasing from local producers adds value to local markets by integrating small scale family farmers and by channeling demand in this case from schools for their produce, contributing to food security and diversity."

While the government do the planning and policy aspects, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides technical assistance for them, as the Financial support for the work comes from the Brazilian government and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) while its experts work with  family farmers.

Chidozie Anibueze/GEE
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