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New Initiative Enables Somali Farmers To Become WFP Suppliers

A farmer collects the maize
WFP warehouse
Official signing of the purchase
WFP Country Representative Stefano Porretti addresses the farmers
Partnership With Farming Cooperatives
A female member of the farming cooperative.
Listening To The Farmers
The purchased maize

As part of a joint resilience strategy that aims to strengthen livelihoods and improve the ability of vulnerable Somalis to cope with shocks, WFP and FAO experts have provided training and technical support to small-scale farmers in Somalia, with the hope of linking them to markets and grow to become medium- and large-scale farmers. With funding from the government of Austria, WFP purchased 200 metric tons of maize produced by farmers from Afgoye one of the areas that was worst affected by the famine less than three years ago. WFP hopes to continue this agricultural support and local procurement with the aim of helping smallholder farmers achieve developmental gains while fighting hunger at the same time.