Africa Food & Nutrition Security Day Emphasizes Need For Strong Food System To Reduce Hunger

Published on 28 October 2011

WFP is working with Government, communities and partners to build assets such as water pans which help in building resilience and improving food security

The World Food Programme joined the world in marking the Africa Food and Nutrition Security day. 

ROME – Today the World Food Programme (WFP) marks the Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day by highlighting the importance of regional markets and locally produced food in increasing access to food on both national and household levels.

“WFP works with governments and communities across Africa to break the cycle of hunger that is so pervasive,” said WFP Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu. “We’re helping to apply country-led hunger solutions while promoting growth and development. At the same time, we are providing life-saving assistance to those suffering from crises, such as the drought in the Horn of Africa or the post-election population displacement in Côte d’Ivoire.”

In 2010, WFP reached almost 46 million people in more than 40 countries in Africa. WFP’s assistance on the continent focuses on emergency relief, post-crisis recovery and longer-term programmes to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition.

“Here in Kenya,  WFP is scaling up its activities in coordination with the Government to provide food assistance to 3.75 million people in drought-affected areas , said WFP Kenya Country Director, Ronald Sibanda. “Meanwhile, we’re expanding our  food-for-assets  and cash–for-assets  projects to help communities  improve their resilience to  climate change and  invest in sustainable hunger solutions”.

This year, the theme of the Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day is “Investing in Intra-African Trade for Food and Nutrition Security,” a crucial issue as commodity markets remain volatile. With global food prices expected to remain high, WFP is undertaking several initiatives to scale up social protection activities and to strengthen local and regional markets.

• REGIONAL PROCUREMENT: WFP is the single largest purchaser of humanitarian food assistance in Africa, buying more than US$ 2 billion worth of food from African farmers and traders between 2003 and 2010. These purchases have allowed WFP to deliver food assistance more quickly and at a lower price.
• SUPPORTING SMALL-SCALE FARMERS: Food security in developing countries can be strengthened by empowering smallholder farmers. WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative is a pilot programme in 15 African countries that is providing farmers with the expertise to improve the quality and size of their yields and better connect them to markets.
• SAFETY NETS: WFP places a strong emphasis on social protection activities for vulnerable populations, including the prevention and treatment of mother/child malnutrition, school meals, assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS and job creation and training programmes.

For more information on the WFP’s work in Kenya, visit our dedicated country page:
http://www.wfp.org/countries/Kenya.

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