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A Panel Discussion with USDA, USAID and WFP: Progress in Implementing New Programs for Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid

Date: 
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:00 - 12:00

 

A Panel Discussion with USDA, USAID and WFP: Progress in Implementing New Programs for Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid

 
NASULGC Ground Floor Conference Room
1307 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005
 
Progress in Implementing New Programs for Local and Regional Procurement of Food Aid In September, 2008, at a Partnership-sponsored event focusing on local and regional procurement of food aid, USDA reported on its initial planning regarding the conduct of a pilot program over the period 2009 - 2012, as authorized by the Farm Bill. USAID summarized its intentions regarding implementation of the 2008/9 supplemental budget authorities for local/regional procurement of food aid, noting that the Agency was focusing on using up to $150 million in appropriated funds for this purpose in the eastern and southern Africa region and, additionally, had already granted some funding to the World Food Program (WFP) for this purpose. The World Food Program also outlined its Purchase for Progress (P4P) program, emphasizing its goal of working with market forces to better engage small farmers in producing commodities for sale to WFP for use in food distribution programs. To get the new year off to a well-informed start, therefore, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa invited managers in the three organizations (USDA, WFP & USAID) to update the food aid and development communities on their progress in local and regional procurement. This gives us all a chance to share their experience as well as to understand how changes in the global food and financial markets may have affected their plans.
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