WFP's Grain Purchases In Uganda Rise

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says its food purchases from Uganda rose 29.6 percent in 2010 from the previous year boosted by an increase in donations to the U.N. agency. Stanlake Samkange, the WFP's country director, says Uganda harvested a bumper maize crop during late 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, flooding markets and triggering a plunge in prices. WFP purchased an estimated 153,000 metric tonnes of food last year, mostly maize and beans, compared with 118,000 metric tones bought in 2009. A statement from WFP Kampala Office states that WFP has become Uganda's largest buyer of quality grain for operations in the country as well as for operations elsewhere in Africa. The agency did not give the value of its purchases in 2010, but had forecast spending between $60-$70 million. Over the last several years, WFP has been steadily boosting its local food purchases, a strategy it says has enabled it purchase larger volumes and feed more people from money saved on costs incurred in overseas food shipments. Sourcing grain locally, the WFP says, also helps tap into the potential of local agriculture and boosts the economies in which the organization operates.


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