UN Pledges Support of African Food Security

By Amanda Stone

As world leaders gathered in Kampala, Uganda for the African Union Summit this week, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran pledged commitment to helping Africa’s efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition and improve food security.

(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Sheeran espoused the benefits of food-based social protection programs for creating stable markets for smallholder farmers.  The WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, for example, buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for aid operations, helping to boost production and incomes. The WFP also looks to African farmers to supply fortified food products in order to both create job opportunities and decrease malnourishment.

“WFP envisions the day when its emergency operations in Africa will be largely supplied by African farmers. We are gearing programmes to empower people to be food self-sufficient and contribute to the food supply chain,” said Sheeran.

To read more about programs that encourage agricultural development and self-sufficiency see: Bringing High-Quality Food Aid Closer to Home, Spreading the Wealth of Innovations, Nourishing the Planet in the Ethiopian News, and Investing in Agriculture Growth to Alleviate Global Hunger and Poverty.

Amanda Stone is a Communications Assistant with the Nourishing the Planet project.

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