This is so simple but so powerful its sad its taken so long to happen and is the exception rather than the practice.
For years we have known and seen in reports and comments lately that the food aid is as much a mechanism for selling excess crops produced with farming subsidies and transporting it halfway around the world as feeding starving people.
In Timor-Leste the World Food Programme has worked with coffe exporter and government to modify a coffee factory into a processing facility producing corn soya blend (CSB) for the feeding of undernourished mothers and children.
The article goes through the difficulties such as introducing a quality structure, sourcing equipment, supporting farmers. However, the plant now produced 200 tons a year which meets a substantial part of the needs.
The following reported by AllAfrica.com
The port city of Douala is still a major hub for international food aid heading to Chad and Central African Republic, but the World Food Programme (WFP) in Cameroon is buying an increasing amount of its requirements locally.
Of the 70,000mt of food aid WFP’s regional office in Cameroon is forwarding to emergencies in neighbouring countries this year, about 26,000mt has been produced in Cameroon.
WFP told IRIN that the percentage of food it purchases in West and Central Africa for distribution in the region grew from 13 percent in 2005, to over 30 percent for 2007 with Cameroon being the largest supplier followed by Burkina Faso.
is a good sign that the old processes are changing.
The problem is that the supply will only continue while the food shortages continue and we all want to see those ending. There is the difficulty of the effect of sales of large quantities on the food price and availability. This needs to be managed carefuly to ensure that food security is not negatively impacted.