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Friday, June 03, 2011


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What an incredibly moving account. Leonida's challenges really bring to life the difficult decisions that smallholder farmers are facing in Kenya right now. When the World Food Programme talks about the need to harness the productive capacity of African farmers, we are trying to do that through programmes like Purchase for Porgress (P4P). This brings WFP's purchasing power into play, so that we can become buyers of produce from groups of smallholder farmers in developing countries - as well as helping to connect them more directly to local markets, and giving advice on how to improve the quality of their crops.

When I lived in London the green beans I bought at the market came from Kenya. I suspect you are not telling the whole story. No question we need Africa to produce food. But something does not ring true.

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