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Small-scale farmers in Malawi latest beneficiaries under UN local purchase scheme

Date Published: 
07/05/2010
Summary: 

Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations. (..) “WFP is working with the ACE to help them to sell their surplus by attracting more traders, leading to a more competitive and transparent market,” the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, said in a statement, adding that WFP has already bought over 3,100 tons of food commodities through the exchange.