Introduced in Mali in January, 2014, the Forward Purchase Facility (FPF) is a tool that gives WFP an advance so it can buy a specific amount of food - before contributions from donors are confirmed – and get it delivered to warehouses ahead of the lean season.
Forward purchasing gives WFP the lead-time required to purchase locally – injecting money directly into the local economy. And, with food at-the-ready, WFP can practically start loading-up the trucks the moment a donation is confirmed – getting food to those who need it more quickly.
2014 FPF Results so Far :
- Money spent with local producers for FPF: US$5 million
- Money saved thanks to FPF: US$765,000
WFP has made a science of getting food to the people who need it most, when they need it, no matter where they are – and, we use any means available to get it there. In Northern Mali, that sometimes means by small river boats.
Recently, thanks to a timely contribution by Japan, WFP was able to deliver much-needed food to conflict-affected communities in the Timbuktu region.
During the lean season, when food from the last harvest is running out and the next harvest is still months away, malnutrition rates can soar – sometimes as much as doubling.
To combat malnutrition during this particularly difficult time, WFP uses an operation called ‘blanket feeding’, which aims to get fortified foods to those who are most at-risk of malnutrition: young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
In total this year, WFP’s work to prevent malnutrition has supported more than 100,000 children and 50,000 women across Mali.
Through general food distributions, WFP supports communities that have trouble finding enough food to sustain themselves through the lean season. This food helps communities affected by the lean season, as well as those facing compounding challenges – like drought and conflict.
This nutritious food, provided at the right time, gives communities the support and energy they need to work their fields and prepare for the next harvest.
In the regions of Mopti, Gao,Timbuktu and Kidal, WFP is supporting more than 850,000 people with this vital food assistance.
At this critical time of year, when food is most scarce, neglecting the nutrition of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers can be fatal to an entire generation.
With the support of WFP’s 5 principal donors to the emergency operation in Mali (the US, Japan, the EU, the UK and Canada), WFP is saving lives and investing in Mali’s future.