Friday, May 22, 2009

Supporting Local Farmers

The United Nations World Food Programme has recently launched P4P, "Purchase for Progress." Under this new initiative, the organization has bought food from small-scale farmers for the first time in Kenya. The goal of the project is to support local farmers, but also to give the food to the community, especially people who can't afford it. It was launched in September 2008, but purchasing food in Kenya has been difficult to to drought and high food prices. The project has been made possible by contributions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard Buffet Foundation, and donor governments.