Purchase from Africans for Africa

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Purchase from Africans to Africa (PAA Africa) builds productivity and marketing skills of smallholder farmers. The programme has led to a sustainable supply of locally purchased food for thousands of school children and food diversification. The PAA Africa programme builds on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme developed by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Programme of the African Union, which aims to establish sustainable school feeding programmes relying on domestically produced food. PAA Africa initiated in 2012 and focused on 5 pilot countries Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, and Senegal. Phase II was implemented from 2014 to 2016 in the same countries. The Programme had the twofold objective of promoting food and nutritional security of vulnerable populations and income generation for smallholder farmers through institutional food purchases for school feeding. PAA Africa aimed to promote the regular access to diverse and nutritious food through school meals and the institutionalization of a secure market for smallholder farmers increasing household incomes. In addition, the Programme sought to provide agricultural support to farmers in order to strengthen local food production systems and address some of the underlying causes of poverty and food insecurity.

Zero Hunger , Responsible Consumption and Production , Partnerships for the Goals , Safety nets for food security and nutrition , End malnutrition, especially in children, women, elders , Build developing country capacity on sustainable consumption, production , Ensure sustainable, climate-resilient food systems

In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 200 million people are chronically hungry. Child and infant malnutrition rates are among the world’s highest. Smallholder farmers face difficulties accessing the market even though their farming accounts for roughly 80 per cent of the food produced in the region.

The project promotes food and nutrition security, as well as community resilience by strengthening the production and marketing capacities of smallholder farmers. It does so via engaging partner countries to share knowledge and develop policies on institutional public procurement and social protection tailored for each context. The project also supports the delivery of locally produced food for school meals and promotes home-grown school feeding as a driver of public food demand for economic and social development. The programme uses a Southern-grown model customised to sub-Saharan Africa’s socioeconomic and cultural environment that promotes sustainability and regional self-sufficiency. 

 Some achievements: 

  • Phase II provided inputs and training to about 16,000 smallholder farmers;
  • Women account for 43% of farmers benefiting from PAA production support;  
  • The programme benefited approximately 40,000 vulnerable pupils;
  • A total of 133 schools received food purchased by PAA. 

The programme has made significant contributions to dietary diversification among pupils and communities. PAA has fostered strong partnerships with governments promoting national ownership and strengthening stakeholders’ capacity in local food procurement. PAA Africa has also promoted civil society participation in project implementation and coordination. 

PAA Africa Phase II contributed to the development of sustainable food production systems. The programme implemented a series of strategies targeting smallholders such as access to inputs, equipment, machinery and training, as well as capacity building initiatives for rural extension services and farmers organizations. PAA also promoted sustainable agricultural practices by providing training in conservation agriculture and organic production. The Phase II production support activities have helped farmers diversify production and increase productivity strengthening their capacity to supply schools with a wide range of commodities.


Ethiopia , Malawi , Mozambique , Niger , Senegal

FAO , WFP , Brazil , UK , Funded through national budgets

Participating governments , FAO , WFP

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