Publications
Purchase for Progress
25 January 2013

The Office of Evaluation introduces for the first time a Regional Portfolio Evaluation (RPE).  The Central America RPE (2007-2011) covers the regional operations in the following four MIC countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The evaluation found that the regional portfolio was strategically positioned to operate in Central America, and that the 2012-2013 Regional Strategic Vision reflected the operating environment and challenges.  The regional operations worked in complement to Governments and to WFP activities at country level. There were however missed opportunities for better coordination with UN partners and room for improvement in communication within WFP. Measuring the overall performance of the Regional Portfolio was a challenge in the absence of consistent outcomes data. Nevertheless, despite the limitations in quantitative data, the evaluation found that WFP was viewed as a key resource to address hunger and poverty across the region. The evaluation found that the regional portfolio aligned well with national poverty reduction efforts by reinforcing civil protection as a component of hazard response (PRROs), and through the DEV’s increased investment in nutrition.

Purchase for Progress
1 March 2012

The P4P Primer describes the evolution of the P4P pilot during the first three years of implementation. It provides the internal and external background and context for P4P, reviews P4P in detail (including discussions of its theoretical foundations, main components and underlying assumptions), and describes selected topics in the design of P4P (including establishing targets, partnerships and capacity-building activities, the roles of government and WFP, and gender strategies). Subsequent chapters examine risks, challenges and emerging lessons.

Purchase for Progress
20 October 2011

 This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term strategic evaluationof the WFP Purchase for Progress Initiative (P4P). P4P is a five-year pilot initiative launched in 2008 to pilot and learn from innovative programme and food procurement activities that have the best potential to stimulate agricultural and market development in a way that maximises benefits to low-income smallholder farmers. It seeks to use WFP’s demand platform to leverage smallholder agricultural growth in some of the world’s poorest countries through supply chain reforms.This evaluation was conducted by the Overseas Development Institute(ODI) in 2011. 

Purchase for Progress
8 December 2010

This report presents the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term strategic evaluation of the WFP Purchase for Progress Initiative (P4P). P4P is a five-year pilot initiative launched in 2008 to pilot and learn from innovative programme and food procurement activities that have the best potential to stimulate agricultural and market development in a way that maximises benefits to low-income smallholder farmers. It seeks to use WFP’s demand platform to leverage smallholder agricultural growth in some of the world’s poorest countries through supply chain reforms.This evaluation was conducted by the Overseas Development Institute(ODI) in 2011.

Purchase for Progress
19 November 2010

Learn more details about the specific approaches in the P4P pilot countries.