Purchase from Africans for Africa and Institutional Markets Knowledge Sharing Seminar
Brasilia, 10 June 2014: On June 02 2014, top officials gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review the achievements of the Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa) at the Purchase from Africans for Africa and Institutional Markets Knowledge Sharing Seminar.
PAA Africa is a joint initiative to promote food and nutrition security and income generation for farmers and vulnerable communities in African countries. The objectives of the Seminar included technical knowledge sharing on the implementation of the programme; identifying potential gaps in procurement and implementation; promoting dialogue among political officials in the region and between non-PAA African countries; as well as supporting civil society discussion and involvement.
The event included the participation of H.E. Mr. Tefera Derebew (Minister of Agriculture, FDRE); H.E. Ato Fuad Ibrahim (State Minister of Education, FDRE); Dr. Lamourdia Thiombiano (FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Africa); Dr. Modibo Traore (FAO Representative to the African Union and UNECA and Sub Regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative to Ethiopia) and Mr. Pascal Joannes (Deputy Country Director in Ethiopia, World Food Programme). The IPC-IG’s Research Coordinator, Diana Sawyer also attended the Seminar.
PAA Africa is a joint initiative of the Brazilian government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Initiated in February 2012, this pioneering initiative aimed at empowering smallholder famers takes place in five African nations; namely Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal. The programme is inspired by Brazil’s Food Purchase Programme, PAA (Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos) which has been in place since 2003 as part of Brazil´s Zero Hunger Strategy.
PAA Africa has been seen to improve capacity, support markets and alleviate poverty. It leverages WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative which supports food procurement from smallholder farmers in 15 countries in Africa. PAA has an extensive reach thanks to the input of the FAO. PAA Africa has enhanced the capacity of smallholder farmers to seek micro-credit loans, while affording them the ability to repay them, increasing overall agricultural productivity while stimulating financial markets. The programme also improves nutrition of school children in local communities, further enhancing communitarian commitment to the programme while improving school attendance.
Diana Sawyer was very pleased to observe how the institutional demand within PAA Africa was proceeding. She also noted the urgent need to establish procedures for monitoring and evaluation, specifically impact evaluation. It is very common that a program has a good targeting system but poor coverage of the vulnerable population. Therefore reaching the most vulnerable is of crucial concern. Furthermore, in order to ensure that the activities of PAA are a part of a broader national agricultural and food security plan, the approach must be a sustainable one. Brazil’s former President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, sent a video message to the Seminar stressing that both political will and local community engagement are key to expanding PAA Africa so as to make Africa food self-sufficient and free from hunger by 2025.
Check out PAA Africa’s Facebook site here.
See PAA Africa’s “From Brazil to Ethiopia: Experiences On Empowering Farmers”.
Learn more about the Brazilian experience in linking institutional markets and food security: “IPC-IG and WFP launch the study: Structured Demand and Smallholder farmers in Brazil: the case of PAA and PNAE”.
Author: Ashleigh Kate Slingsby
Photo Credits: FAO Ethiopia/Tewodros Negash
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