Based at Rome Headquarters with teams around the world, WFP's procurement offices are responsible for securing the food and goods and services needed to support the agency's global fight against hunger.
WFP purchases more than 2 million metric tons of food every year. At least three quarters of it comes from developing countries. This is because it is WFP's policy to buy food as close to where it is needed as possible. By buying locally the agency can save time as well as money on transport costs and also help sustain local economies.
If you want to know more about what food WFP buys and where, take a look at the interactive Food Procurement Map. It will also give you details of exactly how the procurement process works. Of course it is essential that the food we purchase be of the highest quality and we work hard to maintain standards. You can learn more about this aspect of our work by going to our Food Quality Website.
Enhancing Food Procurement
Over recent years, WFP has received an increased amount of cash contributions from donors, making procurement activities increasingly important. Many donors impose conditions on their donations (for example, the money must be spent in a certain country or the aid must go to a certain country). But the freer from constraints and the more flexible a contribution is, the greater the likelihood that WFP can make a cost effective purchase. That's why it is very helpful if contributions can be timed in such a way that maximum quantities can be secured at the lowest prices, usually following the harvest period.