P4P News

News on Purchase for Progress, both from the projects around the world and from WFP headquarters.

Three lessons the World Food Programme has learned on connecting smallholder farmers to markets

Purchase for Progress was launched by the World Food Programme in an effort to help smallholder farmers better cope with these drivers of change and vulnerability. Since 2008, P4P has sought to help these farmers seize opportunities throughout staple food value chains. We looked for programming and procurement models that showed the greatest potential to stimulate agricultural and market development in ways that maximize benefits to smallholder farmers.

Understanding Smallholder Farmers’ Marketing Choices

Smallholder farmers tend to sell limited quantities of low quality crops directly from the farm gate, often to small-scale traders whose prices are low, partly due to transportation costs. Farmers in less remote locations may also sell their crops in small-scale local marketplaces. P4P has worked to expand smallholders’ marketing options by providing them with an attractive alternative – selling collectively to large-scale buyers that are interested in bulked volumes of quality commodities, like WFP.

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Post-Harvest Food Losses

Related Publications Zero Loss for Zero Hunger: WFP's Work to Prevent Post-Harvest Food Losses 30 Sep 2015

Traditional crop storage in Burkina Faso.

1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally each year

 In sub-Saharan Africa, farmers can lose up to 30 percent of their crops to post-harvest losses.

Video Blog: Partnerships to Transform Ethiopia’s Agricultural Sector

The Government of Ethiopia prioritizes agricultural development in its Growth and Transformation Plan, focusing on the commercialization of agriculture and targeting farmers’ cooperatives for support. Recognizing Purchase for Progress (P4P) as a potent tool for achieving important elements of the plan, the Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) brought together a group of partners to form the Maize Alliance in 2012.

Sustainable Markets for Smallholder Farmers

Related Publications Supporting Public Procurement from Smallholder Farmers 27 Aug 2015 Markets for Quality beyond the World Food Programme 27 Aug 2015  Smallholder farmers generally have limited marketing options, often selling small quantities to traders at the farm gate for unfavourable prices. To help smallholders profit more from agriculture, WFP and partners support them to work together in farmers’ organizations.

Government of Guatemala Builds on Lessons Learned from P4P

One third of land in Guatemala is arable, with only a small amount devoted to staple food crops like maize and black beans. The majority of farmers – over one million families – engage in subsistence agriculture. Since P4P began in February 2009, the Government has collaborated closely with WFP to support the integration of smallholder farmers into agricultural markets. This work has been according to national strategies for poverty reduction, food security and nutrition.

Senior African policy makers – smallholders central to economic and social transformation

The seminar, entitled “Agriculture in Africa’s Transformation: The Role of Smallholder Farmers”, ran from 26 - 27 March and was held in Maputo, Mozambique.

“This senior policy seminar on agriculture in Africa’s transformation provided a timely forum for dialogue between senior policy makers and thought leaders, and among policy makers themselves. This debate was conducted in the best of AERC traditions, guided by rigour and evidence. This is where research meets policy.

Beyond the P4P pilot – dialogue on future opportunities

A summary report is available to provide the highlights from the consultation while the full P4P Annual Consultation report includes more details.

On this page you can access all material related to the P4P Annual Consultation. Presentations, remarks and other reference documents is also available for downloading.

Buying from farmers, baking nutritious biscuits

In Afghanistan, P4P has emphasized linking local agricultural production with efforts to improve nutrition. A variety of efforts are being undertaken to accomplish this goal, including the introduction of Afghanistan’s first mobile biscuit factory composed of seven containers shipped from Italy. The factory was assembled and installed in Jalalabad, and is sourcing wheat for biscuit production from Afghani smallholder farmers. WFP is collaborating with a local company which manages the factory through a commercially-based joint venture.

Smallholder-friendly food procurement – P4P’s experience

In 2013 alone, WFP bought around US$ 1.16 billion worth of food for cash, some 80 percent of which came from developing countries (including large regional purchases in India, South Africa and Turkey). Traditionally, this food has been purchased from pre-qualified large-scale suppliers through competitive tenders, ensuring that WFP purchases the greatest quantity of food at the best price in a timely fashion.