PAA Africa

Partnering together to overcome rural poverty and eradicate food and nutrition insecurity

The PAA Africa Programme emerges as a joint initiative to promote food and nutrition security and income generation for farmers and vulnerable communities in African countries. Inspired by the successful Brazilian experience “Food Purchase Programme (PAA)”, the partnership has been designed to support global efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, and represents a strategic opportunity for horizontal cooperation with African countries. Through a multi-stakeholder approach which has partnered FAO, WFP, Brazilian experts and the UK Department for International Development, PAA Africa benefits from the expertise of these strategic partners in collaboration.

PAA Africa represents an effort to foster development by joining the strengthening of the productive capacities of family agriculture with the realization of the human right to adequate food – which in Brazil is constitutionally secured. It emerged from a commitment assumed by the Brazilian government during the “Brazil-Africa Dialogue on Food Security, Fighting Hunger and Rural Development”, hosted by the country in May 2010 in order to strengthen its partnership with African nations for agriculture and the fight against hunger.

Integrating emergency and development actions

The Programme comprehends five small-scale projects, which target vulnerable communities facing food and nutrition insecurity in Sub-Saharan countries, namely Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal. By adopting a twin-track approach, the projects combine emergency actions for agricultural recovery and food assistance with development strategies to link smallholder farmers with structured demand. The activities assist groups of farmers to become more involved in producing and marketing food (cereals and legumes), while helping to supplement and diversify diets. And due to the technical and political recognition of the Brazilian experience in fighting hunger, it can also contribute to the dialogue on advocacy and government policy on longer transition strategy toward public procurement for food assistance, on a participatory basis with the engagement of civil society.

Promoting virtuous cycles in agriculture through local food purchases for school feeding

Food purchase programmes to food assistance under social protection initiatives provide a new perspective on agricultural development and food access. The traditional emphasis on technology transfer and food aid is replaced with a participatory and cooperative effort to secure the social and institutional conditions required to ensure enhanced nutritional status and learning abilities of students through the access to quality food which in its turn is generated by local smallholders who benefited from productive social protection, promoting overall socioeconomic development of their communities.

PAA Africa has two main objectives:

1- Support innovative local initiatives of food purchase from smallholders for humanitarian food assistance;

2- Strengthen partnerships and strategies to support long-term solutions to fighting hunger through local food purchase initiatives for food assistance.

As a mean to achieve this, the programme focuses on three main outputs:

  • - Strengthen the knowledge-sharing and lessons learned to consolidate evidence and best practices, contributing to governments and international agencies to formulate action and partnership strategies in order to enhance local food purchase programmes for food assistance
  • - Strengthen the productive and post-harvest capabilities of small scale farmer associations selected to sell to WFP, leveraging the experience gained under the P4P initiative.
  • - Implement or improve local food purchase programmes through direct contracts with smallholder associations for dietary diversification in school feeding programmes.