Nelly Bassily | August 24, 2009
Purchase for Progress is the World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) initiative to buy crops for food aid from small scale farmers. In June, we reported that the first food purchased through the program in Kenya was delivered to Kenyans hit by drought. (http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/06/01/3-kenya-rice-from-small-scale-farmers-sent-to-areas-hit-by-drought-un-news-service/)
WFP plans to pilot Purchase for Progress in 21 countries over the next five years. African countries slated for inclusion in the program include: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. If you work in any of these counties, you may wish to investigate how local farmers can get involved with the program, and share this information with your listeners.
More details on the program can be found on the WFP’s website: http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress.