A research initiative from the World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger will analyse Brazil’s success in linking smallholder farmers with government demand for farmed food.
The Brazilian government’s strategy of buying food from local farmers for public institutions such as hospitals, schools and orphanages has run for the past decade and is credited with fighting hunger and extreme poverty.
One major public programme is Home-Grown School Feeding, which provides school meals to around 45 million students each day in Brazil’s public schools, reduces risks and encourages improved quality and higher and predictable income for farmers.
"This project will look at the costs and benefits of governments buying food from smallholders such as cooperatives and family farms and how this is linked to advances in national food security,” said Daniel Balaban, director of the Centre of Excellence against Hunger. “It will also present an investment case study for other countries.”
Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the research initiative will include five different studies, conducted in partnership with the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brazil and will be published in 2015.