WFP Buys Rice From Ghanaian Farmers For School Meals

WFP has bought US $780,000 of Ghanaian rice for school meals in some of the country’s poorest regions. The programme benefits thousands of school children and local farmers, many of them women, who received a fair price for their crops.

ACCRA – WFP has announced the purchase of 1,433 metric tons of Ghanaian rice as part of a growing trend of buying locally to support local farmers.

This rice will be distributed to schools in the northern regions of the country where WFP, the Ghanaian education system and a government-run school meals programme together feed over 100,000 children in 304 schools.

What is P4P?

The Purchase for Progress programme means buying food from smallholder farmers to feed hungry people in the same country. It gives a boost to local agriculture by creating a market for farmers and providing them with an incentive to grow more and better food. Over the next five years, some 350,000 farmers in 21 different countries will benefit frrom P4P projects. Find out more

 Buying locally

More than half of the rice purchased was produced by women farmers in northern Ghana through a programme set up by AMSIG Resources, a group which provides technical training to growers around the country.

“The new WFP Strategic Plan encourages local purchases from countries where we work,” said Ismail Omer, WFP Representative in Ghana.

“When prices are competitive and funding is available, we buy food within the country for distribution to the vulnerable, food-insecure people we assist, so it becomes a win-win situation for both the farmers and our beneficiaries,” he said.

Purchase for Progress

WFP food purchases in Ghana have increased significantly in recent years. Between 2009 and 2010, WFP bought US $10 million of food consisting mainly of maize, corn meal, corn soy blend, iodized salt and vegetable salt.

Building on the success of its local procurement programme, WFP is about to launch a new initiative in Ghana called P4P or “Purchase for Progress.” P4P is a five-year pilot programme to help smallholder farmers sell their surpluses at fair prices to various markets, including WFP operations.