Ugandan farmers optimistic about WFP programme

Published on 25 June 2010

Six years ago, Elias Simuntu was like many small scale farmers in Uganda- wondering how to earn more income from his farming activities. (..) Simuntu says that farmers were in 2008 boosted by the direct purchase of WFP from their group. The WFP, which is the leading single food buyer in Uganda and many African countries, through its Purchase for Progress initiative is now purchasing food items direct from small holder farmers.“The direct purchase by WFP has helped us a lot as farmers, compared to the former system of tendering. You could tender to WFP 10 times and you never get the contract to sell them your food crops,” Simuntu says.

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