P4P News

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


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.

Lessons learned from the Purchase from Africans for Africa initiative

PAA Africa is a collaborative project undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), WFP, the governments of Brazil and the United Kingdom, and the governments of each pilot country: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal. WFP has used technical expertise gained and lessons learned through P4P and home-grown school feeding programmes to manage the procurement of food from smallholder farmers in partnership with governments for school meal programmes.

Catalysing market development through smallholder-friendly procurement

The rationale behind P4P is to link WFP’s demand for staple food commodities, such as cereals, pulses and blended foods, with the technical expertise of a wide range of partners. This collaboration provides smallholders with the skills and knowledge to improve their agricultural productivity and an incentive to do so, as they have an assured market in which to sell their surplus crops.

So far, P4P has reached more than 1 million farmers in 20 diverse countries.

Five facts about connecting farmers to markets in South Sudan

Copyright: WFP/George Fominyen  Insecurity has hindered progress but hasn’t halted it

P4P activities were delayed by the renewal of conflict in late 2013. Implementation began again in April 2014, and is continuing in relatively stable and accessible areas in Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria States. However, the country’s general instability makes long-term planning challenging.

Joint UN initiative to empower rural women

The joint UN project Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (RWEE), is being implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda. RWEE aims to improve rural women’s food and nutrition security, increase their incomes, enhance their decision-making power and encourage policy environments conducive to their economic empowerment.

Coffee rust in Latin America showcases need for further improvements in smallholder resilience

Coffee production and export is a vital component of most Latin American economies. This has been negatively affected by coffee rust, a fungus, which reduces yields and crop quality.  Since its outbreak in the region in 2012, coffee rust has caused more than US$ 1 billion in economic damages. These negative impacts are most felt by smallholder family farmers, though entire rural communities are affected.

Coffee rust impacts smallholder farmers

Though P4P focuses on staple crops purchased by WFP, such as maize and beans, coffee rust is affecting P4P-supported smallholder farmers.

Five facts about connecting smallholders to markets in Mali

Continue reading to learn five facts about progress made in Mali.

Smallholders are benefiting from financial inclusion.

Farmers’ organizations have facilitated access to credit for their members through the National Bank of Agriculture and various micro-finance institutions using contracts signed with WFP as collateral. This has enabled farmers’ organizations to purchase agricultural inputs such as improved seeds and fertilizer, for use when they are needed most. For many smallholders, this has led to increased production.