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From WFP, what worked in the Sahel food crisis response

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The World Food Program credits the use of innovative procurement methods for helping avert a humanitarian crisis in the Sahel last year. These are the so-called forward purchase facility — through which WFP buys food for future emergency in advance when prices are lower — and early procurement. WFP also uses the forward purchase facility for its Purchase for Progress pilot initiative, which ends this year. WFP shared the lesson on procurement during the Sahel crisis at a meeting among officials of aid agencies, United Nations bodies, governments, private sector and civil society yesterday at its headquarters in Rome.