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 stated.
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 workers.
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 statement said.
“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.