Brazil to Finance Food for Five African Countries
By Dialogo February 23, 2012An international propaganda, and if the Brazilian Government is so full of money, why does it not finance hunger, unemployment, health and housing of 40 percent of its population, representing more 40,000,000.
Brazil will contribute more than 2 million dollars to a new program to
purchase food for the poorest inhabitants of Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger,
and Senegal, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced in
Rome on February 21.
The program will be designed by the FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP)
and is inspired by the “Zero Hunger” plan, launched in 2003 by then-president Luis
Ignacio Lula da Silva, who succeeded in reducing malnutrition in Brazil by around 25
percent, enabling approximately 24 million people to move out of extreme poverty,
according to Brazilian government data.
Through the agreement, signed at FAO headquarters in Rome, Brazil will
finance the purchase of 2,375,000 dollars worth of food produced by small-scale
rural workers as well as its distribution to high-risk groups, including children
and young people through school feeding programs, the United Nations agency
The agreement establishes that the FAO will receive 1,550,000 dollars to
supervise the aspects related to production and the supply of seeds and fertilizer,
and to increase the capacity of small farmers and associations of rural
For its part, the WFP will receive 800,000 dollars to organize the purchases
and distribute the food in schools and among the most vulnerable groups, the
“Besides helping to supplement the diets of hungry people, the project is
designed to strengthen local food markets, ultimately helping to improve food
security, and preventing future food crises,” the FAO specified.
The FAO, founded in 1945, has been headed since January of this year by
Brazilian national José Graziano da Silva, who replaced Jacques Diouf, from Senegal,
for the period 2012-2015.