WFP bid for 27 000 small-scale grain suppliers on course

A five-year initiative by the World Food Programme to stimulate smallholder farmers’ production of key food crops has kicked off in earnest. The programme, which involves buying WFP’s emergency food relief directly from Kenyan smallholders, has given 700 farmers contracts against a target of 27 000 suppliers by 2013. If successful, the group is allocated a vendor number used during the supply process. For a farmers’ group to qualify, it has to prove that it can supply at least 56 metric tones of grain, which is equal to 623 bags of 90kgs of any WFP commodity at a central collection point identified by the agency. Read more here.

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