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UN buys from Ethiopia’s farmer co-operatives to feed local, starving people

Global News Anthony Murray in Co-operative News reports on a new pilot project to promote small farmers’ access to local markets. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys food from local co-operatives and distributes it to vulerable populations in Ethiopia.  This year’s harvest will feed 1.8 million Ethiopians for a month:

Farmer co-operatives around Ethiopia are set to deliver one of the largest amounts of maize to a food development programme that will redistribute the food to country’s most vulnerable.

As part of a pilot project to promote small farmers’ access to local markets, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys food from local co-operatives and this harvest will feed 1.8 million Ethiopians for a month.

Abdou Dieng, WFP Country Director, said 28,000 metric tonnes of maize will form part of the UN’s relief distributions. He said: “Our goal here is to support Ethiopia feeding itself. Buying food for our Ethiopia operation right here in Ethiopia makes sense in cost-effectiveness, and in providing a boost for the local economy by helping small farmers to get closer to markets.” Continue reading