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Feb 21, 2012

Brazil Exports Its National Food Purchase Program (PAA) to 5 Africa Nations with FAO & WFP Assistance

On 21 September 2012 the FAO issued a press release announcing that the government Brazil had agreed to provide close to US$2.375 million to fund an FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) local food purchase program in 5 countries in Africa.  This program models the Brazilian national Food Purchase Program (PAA).  It will be implemented in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Brazil's PAA is part of its "Zero Hunger" strategy.  Under PAA, the national Brazilian government buys agricultural products from smallholders and delivers them to people who are at risk of going hungry, including children in school lunch programs.

The FAO will use $1.55 million to provide agricultural producers with the necessary tools for a successful harvest. The WFP will use $800 000 to purchase and deliver food to the needy.  It will incorporate experience learned under its “Purchase for Progress” (P4P) pilot with Brazil's PAA experience.

For more see: "Brazil to fund food purchasing in five African countries," FAO Press Release, 21 February 2012.

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