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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FROM FAMILY
FARMERS FOR IMPROVED FOOD BASKET:
MALAWI EXPERIENCE FROM PAA
Albert Saka
Ministry of Educat...
Background of Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA)
 Program inspired by lessons learned from Brazil’s Zero Hunger Init...
Program activities
 Farm inputs through loans
 Technical training:
Quality control, Nutrition Education,
Post harvest f...
Achievements
 10,385 learners (5,089 boys,5,296 girls) participating in 10
schools
 3,773 farmers in 7 farmer organizati...
Experience pathways
 The community, school authorities acquired skills on
menu development based on food seasonal calenda...
Challenges faced
 Financing delays affecting supply chain:
Schools, farmers challenges to manage finance
paperwork – time...
In Summary
“Through the Home Grown School Feeding
Programme, learners have had an opportunity to
access improved health a...
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Public procurement from family farmers for improved food basket in Malawi, by Albert Saka, Senior officer, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

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The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition was jointly held by FAO and WHO in December 2016 to explore policies and programme options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges. This Symposium waas the first large-scale contribution under the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition 2016-2025. This presentation was part of Parallel session 2.3: Increasing access to healthy diets through social protection and income generation strategies"

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Public procurement from family farmers for improved food basket in Malawi, by Albert Saka, Senior officer, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

  1. 1. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FROM FAMILY FARMERS FOR IMPROVED FOOD BASKET: MALAWI EXPERIENCE FROM PAA Albert Saka Ministry of Education Department School Health & Nutrition Malawi
  2. 2. Background of Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA)  Program inspired by lessons learned from Brazil’s Zero Hunger Initiative (ZHI).  ZHI aims to eradicate hunger and promote food and nutrition security.  Program implemented in 5 African countries including Malawi, with Brazil Govt support.  The Government of Malawi aims to have a viable school meals self-sustaining model, based on local production and local procurement, with national replicatability  PAA Project Goal: To promote the right to adequate food by reducing the social and nutritional vulnerability of poor, small scale farmers and school pupils • Project implementation:  Implemented in 10 schools in 2 districts (Mangochi and Phalombe)  Technical coordination: Government: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture  Implementation support: UN -- FAO, WFP,  Implementers: Community, schools and NGOs (WE EFFECT, Malawi Lake Basin Program (MLBP) and civil society
  3. 3. Program activities  Farm inputs through loans  Technical training: Quality control, Nutrition Education, Post harvest food handling, Production, Marketing, Business management, finance management  Market linkages: farmers & schools; local procurement,  Infrastructure development e.g Warehouses
  4. 4. Achievements  10,385 learners (5,089 boys,5,296 girls) participating in 10 schools  3,773 farmers in 7 farmer organizations participate in PAA  Women producers (~ 58%) participating in PAA [Target = 30% women]  3,919 producers trained, 16 trainings conducted  3.05 MT legume & drought tolerant seeds distributed to farmers  2 warehouses built & handed over to 2 cooperatives.  > 361 MT of various foodstuffs purchased since 2012  Foods purchased: cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits and meat
  5. 5. Experience pathways  The community, school authorities acquired skills on menu development based on food seasonal calendar  Procurement of foods from farmers promoted food diversification  Communities learnt preparation of healthy diets through nutrition education “key messages”,  Teaching learner in class easier using food prepared (TALULAR)  Parents started to provide learners with breakfast before going to school
  6. 6. Challenges faced  Financing delays affecting supply chain: Schools, farmers challenges to manage finance paperwork – timeliness, errors etc.  Soaring domestic food prices affecting local food purchases for school meals  Anthropometric measurements not collected; inadequate health service providers @ community level
  7. 7. In Summary “Through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, learners have had an opportunity to access improved health and nutrition based on diversified diets; made learning on nutrition and diets easier (TALULAR) and managed to improve farmer and school linkages (markets) BUT the cost of sustaining the program is high”  Giving rise to other programs: Schools and communities growing crops and feeding using locally available ‘resources’

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