18 months later: meet PAA Africa

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To combine emergency actions with long-term development.

Partnerships to fight food insecurity and poverty.

This is PAA Africa.

An initiative from the Brazilian humanitarian cooperation, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the United Kingdom.

The programme's strategy seeks to strengthen family agriculture.

With PAA Africa's support, smallholder farmers start to supply food for school feeding in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Food assistance remains important in each of the countries PAA Africa works with.

That does not stop us from adopting a few strategies to make this food assistance more sustainable.

One of the strategies that can be adopted are local food purchase, especially when there is an availabity of local food – potential or immediate.

Inspiration comes from a public policy key to the Zero Hunger Strategy: the Food Purchase Programme Since 2003, PAA promotes productive inclusion of family farmers.

The government buys a share of their prodution and distributes the food to schools and assistencial institutions.

PAA in Brazil, on the one side, represents an important innovation, in which you have a programme, that at the same time.

offers support to family farmers, that is, to production from guaranteeing a market and that on the other side, offer support to populations that need their access to food.

A first benefit for us is to have more products of higher quality, to serve this huge network that has up 20 thousand institutions.

And for the farmer, it's the opportunity for him to increase his income, of selling a higher share of his products.

Of having better conditions of outflowing that production, having the government as a large buyer.

In 10 years, the programme has bought over 3 million tons of products, and benefited over 190 thousand farmers.

With FAO and WFP support, Brazil was able to share this successful experience.

Although we have to take into account the differences that exist in each country, I believe good experiences should always be used as references.

Not copied, but serve as a reference and be adapted to the reality of each country.

PAA in my opinion was probably one of the most successful policies during President Lula's government.

And to be able to share this experience with other countries is very important.

With dialogue and engagement, PAA Africa advances.

The programme's strategies are discussed with all partners involved, and operations take in account each country's reality.

PAA Africa is inserted in broad context of partnerships, partners from international development, in specific context in each of the countries.

That comes from the very fact that the programme was born out of a high level political dialogue from the Brazilian and the African governments.

Countries have flexibility to their models.

These models have been really different among each other, to adapt local experiences and realities.

So you have different types of products that are purchased, different organizational levels of farmers selling to the programme.

It is a project that has a lot of flexibility and that must have a lot of flexibility.

PAA Africa counts with the support of UN agencies in the African continent.

FAO actions strengthen agricultural production in countries going through food crisis or food insecurity.

And WFP, the World Food Programme, buys and distributes food for school feeding programmes.

The organization has already accumulated experience in creating market opportunities for smallholder farmers.

With its initiative "Purchase for Progress", it has gathered over 220 partners in 5 years, including NGOs, governments and the private sector.

To support capacity building and the development of new modalities of food purchase.

Working together and with the support of African governments, these organizations make PAA Africa's implementation possible.

On this coordination, you have FAO and WFP working together.

The project is in its pilot phase.

A pilot phase in which it is necessary to support producers.

to produce enough and generate surplus to put in the market.

These surpluses will be purchased by WFP, within their structure for local purchases, and will be distributed to school canteens.

PAA Africa was launched in the beginning of 2012.

In a bit over a year, it supported over four thousand farmers and nearly 125 thousand children.

I can assure you, I can guarantee that already, this project has been successful.

Because producers have been telling me, that in their harvests, they've had productivity levels that even themselves did not expect.

It's a great novelty for us, to find partners that come to support farmers, in a organized way.

We are not used to having partners that since the beginning, that is, from the start of the planting season, are willing to support us.

The programme's next phase and has an expected duration of 5 years.

With new objectives and new challenges.

The main concern for PAA Africa's second phase is the sustainabilty of local food purchases.

Beyond the scope of the programme, beyond these five years.

And such sustainability must be assured from a few points that were discussed and agreed Supporting cooperation models in which dialogue, sustainability and mutual learning prevail.

Investing in local circuits to guarantee adequate access to food.

These are PAA Africa objectives.

And we have been trying to transmit these notion that the right to food is a human right.

And that therefore it must be protected, promoted and provided in any latitud, because it is a fundamental right, it is universal.

With the support of the Brazilian government, we are very pleased with this project.

That is what we can say.

And that we hope it continues, because the farmers will do their share and keep working.

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