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
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.