MRE – CGFome (General Coordination for International Actions against Hunger)
The Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (MRE) through the General Coordination for International Action Against Hunger (CGFOME) is coordinating the PAA Africa partners network. In consultation to PAA Africa partners, have the primary responsibility for formulating policy guidelines, coordination with specialized partner institutions and to promoting new partnerships, including civil society. As responsible for the Brazilian policy of international humanitarian cooperation that gives priority to twin track approach: alleviate the emergency food insecurity through food assistance and igniting changes in the structural causes beneath the situation of food insecurity.
MDS (Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger)
The Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger – MDS is a PAA Africa partner, providing consistent technical and coordination support to the learning activities of the Programme. As the leading government institution responsible for food and nutrition security, fight against extreme poverty, social assistance, and cash transfers, it coordinates the Brazilian Food Purchase Programme – PAA, which inspired the creation of PAA Africa.
WFP (World Food Programme)
In 2008, the World Food Programme launched Purchase for Progress (P4P), an initiative that links smallholder farmers in twenty countries to sustainable market opportunities to sell their surplus commodities. When possible and where food quality standards are met WFP acts as a buyer to support the needs of its beneficiaries. WFP encourages its P4P supported smallholder farmers to seek markets beyond WFP, which is made possible by working with partners to support farmers in overcoming numerous challenges, such as securing quality inputs, access to credit and price negotiation. Leveraging the P4P experience, WFP’s role in the PAA Africa initiative is to link smallholder farmers to P4P supported Farmers’ Organizations in order to procure food items primarily for use in its school feeding projects. Three of the PAA Africa pilot countries are P4P pilot countries, namely Ethiopia, Malawi and Mozambique, while Niger and Senegal are using P4P modalities in their implementation of PAA Africa.
Centre of Excellence
In addition to the operational component, PAA Africa Programme comprises learning and knowledge sharing activities, which are implemented in collaboration with WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger. The Centre’s role aims to promote cooperation and support lessons learned and exchanges between Brazil’s PAA and the PAA Africa Programme. Brazil and the World Food Programme have established the WFP Centre of Excellence in Brasilia as a partnership to develop the capacity of African and Latin American governments to design and manage their own national food security programmes, inspired on the success of the Brazilian experience in linking school feeding programmes with local small-scale farmer production. The Centre uses a set of tools that enables policy dialogue processes and planning such as, study visits, in-country workshops, technical and high level missions, deployment of technical assistance and expertise.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has supported Brazil’s food and nutrition security programmes, particularly the country’s Zero Hunger strategy. These programmes are successful experiences to be shared at the international level. Such initiatives assist countries and partners in preparing for and responding to food and agricultural threats and emergencies. They also support efforts to link short-term responses to medium-term actions for the rehabilitation of vulnerable rural communities.
Having embraced the UN Zero Hunger Challenge, the Organization is helping to mobilize political commitment towards a zero hunger world. The PAA Africa Programme is a key partnership supported by FAO in collaboration with WFP through its field teams and technical experts working in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, the Niger and Senegal. Through the programme, FAO makes available its technical expertise in nutrition-related issues and agricultural production, including the distribution of quality seeds, agricultural tools and inputs; training of farmers and rural extension workers; and design and implementation of school gardens. FAO also supports horizontal cooperation between Africa and Brazil through international experts who foster the exchange of knowledge and development of partnerships and inter-institutional dialogue among project stakeholders.
DFID (United Kingdom Department for International Development)
DFID is proud to be working with the Brazilian government, WFP and FAO to share Brazil’s lessons and expertise on tackling hunger and under-nutrition with African partners. Since 2009, DFID’s work with Brazil has focused solely on a partnership to promote a greater impact by Brazil on global poverty reduction. DFID’s involvement in PAA Africa is an important part of this partnership with Brazil on global development. Our role is to work alongside other steering group members to help design and guide the programme, to offer advice from our international network, and to contribute funding for PAA Africa activities.