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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
WFP to buy 50,000 tonnes of maize
from smallholder farmers in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday it will buy 50,000 tonnes of maize from smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

Michael Dunford, WFP Country Representative for Tanzania, said buying maize directly from smallholder farmers will help strengthen local economies and support increased resilience and productivity of rural communities.

He said tenders for buying the maize crop will be opened next week, adding: “WFP will also work closely with the National Food Reserve Agency to reach the farmers.”

Dunford said the tenders will also invite all suppliers especially small scale ones to boost their business and market.

“Our experts from our regional offices in Nairobi (Kenya) and Johannesburg (South Africa) are finalizing working out on the tenders that will enable WFP buying straight from the farmers,” he said.

During his recent visit to Tanzania, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, said the UN organization will buy between 75,000 tonnes and 100,000 tonnes of maize in the next six months.

Beasley pledged to support Tanzania’s smallholder farmers to move away from subsistence farming and improve their food security.

           

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