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To celebrate the UN’s South-South Cooperation Day 2013, IPC-IG promoted a joint Seminar with the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic research (Ipea) about the PAA Africa – the Food Purchase Programme “from Africans for Africa”.
The Seminar entitled “Local food purchases for schools in African countries: what is the relevance?” was presented in Portuguese by Darana Souza (former IPC-IG researcher and PAA Africa Coordinator for World Food Programme/Centre of Excellence Against Hunger – WFP) and Israel Klug (PAA Africa Coordinator for Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations – FAO).
The PAA Africa Programme is a joint initiative of the Brazilian government in partnership with FAO, WFP and the United Kingdom to promote food and nutrition security and income generation for farmers and vulnerable communities in African countries. The project was created after Brazil committed during the “Brazil-Africa Dialogue on Food Security, Fighting Hunger and Rural Development”, which happened in May 2010, to strengthen partnerships with African countries in agriculture and the fight against hunger.
The project was inspired by the successful Brazilian experience of the "Food Acquisition Programme (PAA)", and it was designed to support global efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. Actually, it represents an opportunity for horizontal cooperation with African countries. The program comprises five small-scale pilot projects aimed at vulnerable communities facing food and nutrition insecurity in five Sub-Saharan African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.