The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) wants to eradicate hunger worldwide. WFP tries to accomplish this by creating country programmes. These programmes are designed to increase the production capacity of small farmers and merchants. Additionally, the augmentation of the merchants’ commercial reflex is also aimed at.
Duration and budget
For two years, Flanders supported the WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme in Mozambique. A grant of 980.000 euros was appointed on the budget of 2009.
As a result of a diminishing food surplus and a growing population, food prices have been rising globally. This is also reality for Mozambique. To answer to the demand, the production capacity has to rise. But, this alone is not sufficient. The food demand is characterised by peaks. The biggest challenge for developing countries is to intercept these peaks.
The part of the programme that was supported by the Government of Flanders lasted for two years and focused on the following five Mozambican provinces: Manica, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Tete.
With the Purchase for Progress programme, WFP wants to concentrate on 3 themes in Mozambique. First of all, the project is designed to help develop a commercial relationship between the small farmers and WFP, for the supply of maize and beans. Secondly, WFP strives to bring products of a higher quality on the market. This can be made possible through capacity building. This is why WFP is organising trainings, creating better storage facilities for the harvests and giving access to improved maintenance material. Finally, WFP wants to offer the small farmers quality education, in order for them to learn more about the treatment of the harvested products, but also about the management of the depots and gender relations.
Some concrete activities which were designed to accomplish these goals are listed below. WFP had to take care of:
- the construction of 600 silos, each with a capacity of 1 ton, for the individual small farmers
- the construction of 4 mutual storehouses, with a capacity of 150 to 300 tons per province
- the purchase of basic equipment for each of these silos
- the purchase of a manual machine for the maintenance and sorting of the maize for each of these silos
- the purchase of 1500 tons of maize and beans, directly off the small farmers
- the training of the small farmers on the management of the storage rooms, the treatment of the harvested products, gender relations and marketing
United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP)