Fostering food purchase programmes in widespread poverty contexts: targeting smallholders within the PAA Africa Programme in Niger

The overall objective of this case study is to present the approach adopted by the PAA Africa programme in the Nigerien context, the programmatic decisions taken to adapt the local purchases to the local context, and the associated challenges. By documenting local innovations achieved in Niger, we wish to present elements related to institutional procurement programmes as a whole and to their knowledge gaps to further strengthen their impact. Overall, the Niger experience shows that it is sustainable to develop institutional procurement programmes focusing on farmers who are more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity. The success of such initiatives depends on the convergence between investment and rural development initiatives and local purchases.