Women prepare to sell their beans to WFP at the Millennium Village Project in western Uganda. Copyright: WFP/Frederic Coubert
Officials from the Government of Uganda say P4P offers new and exciting tools to fight hunger and poverty in rural households.
GULU – A team of senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries have commended WFP for supporting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Uganda through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.
Japheth Magyembe, the head of eight officials who visited WFP projects this month said that WFP was playing an important role in helping the Government eradicate poverty in rural households.
“What WFP is doing through P4P is to help Ugandans with practical means to reconstruct and reinvigorate their production capacity,” said Magyembe who is also Deputy Director General of the National Agricultural Research Organisation.
“Government policy aims to revive the agricultural sector and build grain stores at parish level across the country. We appreciate that WFP is moving in this direction and is eager to strengthen P4P.”
The officials visited eastern and northern Uganda to see what WFP is doing and to establish how P4P can contribute to a joint action plan signed by the agency with the Government of Uganda last year.
In the agreement, the two parties pledged to promote growth and investments in the agricultural sector, and to ensure that this results in greater incomes for farmers. WFP also pledged to try to increase its local purchases from US$50 million to US$100 million annually.
The government team held discussions with representatives of farmer groups, local authorities and WFP partner organisations.
Magyembe said that the Government was planning a number of agricultural interventions to assist with recovery in northern Uganda.
“These projects will require organised farmers with knowledge in collective marketing and agribusiness.” Magyembe said, “So we will build on what WFP and its partners already have on the ground.”
WFP urged to do more
The officials urged WFP to increase the capacity of warehouses being built countrywide.
They encouraged WFP to strengthen links with the National Agricultural Advisory Services and to support agro-processing among smallholders.
Value addition is already one of the objectives of P4P.
P4P is aligned with the National Development Plan, the Agriculture Sector’s Development Strategy and Investment Plan, and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Compact.