SA small scale farmers set to produce food for WFP

Small scale farmers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province might soon be producing food destined for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The United Nations (UN) and the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform have agreed to cooperate to upscale local farmers to produce food to be sold to the UN.

The Head of Department Siphokazi Ndudane, says this project will boost rural economies and improve the local value chain in agri-processing.

“They are bringing a partnership to look at skills development so that we can make sure we produce, not only the volume, but the quality that is needed, the highly nutritious food that is needed so that we can be able to deal with the issues that is food security and nutrition”, said Ndudane.

The Regional Director of WFP, Menghestab Haile, said his team is experienced with this type of programme. He said they did it in Eswatini and Lesotho ten years ago through a South African government funded project.

“So it’s a question of putting together a plan. One key area my organisation brings is ability to procure and train small scale farmers. Now out of this meeting I am very excited and my team in Johannesburg and the team here will work together and we want results and will get results”, added Haile.