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.