As part of a joint resilience strategy that aims to strengthen livelihoods and improve the ability of vulnerable Somalis to cope with shocks, WFP and FAO experts have provided training and technical support to small-scale farmers in Somalia, with the hope of linking them to markets and grow to become medium- and large-scale farmers. In its first local purchase in Somalia, WFP evaluated the grain on price, quality and quantity. The criteria were met by the majority of the producers.
With funding from the government of Austria, WFP purchased 200 metric tons of maize produced by farmers from Afgoye , one of the areas that was worst affected by the famine less than three years ago. WFP plans to use the grain in Food-for-Assets programmes in Somalia.
The event was attended by WFP and FAO Country Representatives, Stefano Porretti (seated on the far right) and Luca Alinovi (second from right); the minister of Agriculture Mr Abdi Ahmed Bafe (center), and Paolo Toselli of the European Union Mission to Somalia (seated furthest to the left).
The chairman of the farmers’ cooperative, Hagi Shukri Ahmed, thanks the agencies for providing technical support and assistance.
“This is a historic day, the purchase by WFP sends a message to the world that Somali farmers can produce maize that’s comparable to other east African countries,” he said.
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