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‘Purchase for Progress’ program successful

WFP releases annual report

In the year 2012, 6.2 million people received food assistance, 900,000 mothers and children were reached through Targeted  Supplementary Feeding, 649,000 school children were provided with daily hot meal and 33,000 smallholder farmers were linked with markets through the Purchase for Progress program, World Food Program states in its annual report on Ethiopia released on Wednesday June 19th.
The Purchase for Progress is a program that began in Ethiopia in 2010. The program supports Ministry of Agriculture and the Agriculture Transformation Agency to enhance the productivity of smallholder farmers, strengthen market systems, improve private sector engagement in agriculture and reduce chronically food-insecure households in Ethiopia.
“WFP buys a large portion of the food for its programs from Ethiopia itself. This includes cereals like maize. It also buys a specialized fortified blended food used to prevent and address nutritional deficiencies among young children and pregnant women,” said Abdou Dieng, Country Director of WFP.
In 2012, WFP through this program signed a service delivery contracts for purchase of 28,000 metric tons of maize directly from farmer’s cooperative unions.  Some 33,000 smallholder farmers and 17 cooperative unions have participated in the program and the number of farmers is estimated to increase by an additional 34,000 by the end of 2013. This specific program has generated over 16 million USD to smallholder farmers since it began.
Regarding refugee assistance, the report states that in 2011, due to the Horn of Africa crisis, the Global Acute Malnutrition rate in refugee camps in Dollo Ado, Somalia Region was between 30 and 50 percent. That number significantly decreased down to just 12 percent in 2012. The year also saw a decline in enrollment in therapeutic and supplementary feeding programs and the Crude Mortality Rate in camps remained less than 1 percent.
The report also states that the organization has provided relief food assistance to 3.1 million people identified as requiring emergency by the government issued Humanitarian Requirement Document (HRD) in 2012.