P4P News

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

P4P Procurement Update

WFP procurement

Despite challenges, WFP has successfully increased its contracted quantity using P4P modalities throughout the pilot treatment period. From the beginning of the pilot in September 2008, until its end in December 2013, WFP has issued contracts for 431,542 metric tons (mt) of commodities at a value exceeding US$ 167 million. Of this, 287,041 mt has so far been delivered, putting US$ 117 million more directly into the pockets of smallholder farmers. Some 113,729 mt was contracted in 2013.

Spotlight on P4P in Tanzania

Overview – P4P in Tanzania

In Tanzania, P4P activities cover 14 districts in 10 regions, and reach nearly 19,000 smallholder farmers — 41 percent of whom are women. In order to reach farmers, WFP engages with Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), which provide credit and savings accounts to registered smallholders. As of December 2013, WFP supported 28 SACCOs.

Spotlight on P4P in Ghana

Overview – P4P in Ghana

P4P in Ghana aims to address low productivity, post-harvest losses and poor market infrastructure. Farmers receive training from WFP and partners in skills along the value chain — including production, post-harvest handling, marketing and quality control — to improve the quality and quantity of their products. Direct contracts with WFP have provided a substantial and reliable market f0r farmers’ organizations.

Emerging P4P results show importance of capacity building

The incentive provided by WFP’s demand alone is not necessarily enough to increase smallholders’ production of quality crops. Many of the farmers’ organizations (FOs) targeted by P4P had never marketed collectively before, and the smallholders’ agricultural practices were generally poor, leading to limited production of low quality crops. 

Because of this, capacity building has been emphasized as one of P4P’s key pillars throughout the pilot phase.

Increasing women’s voice through agriculture

“P4P started as a gender conscious project,” says P4P gender consultant Batamaka Somé’, during the 2014 P4P Annual Consultation. From its inception, he says, P4P faced many challenges to women’s empowerment, such as women’s limited access to inputs and credit, their unpaid contributions to farming, and the male-held control of household production and marketing.

To address these challenges, P4P’s first step was to create realistic goals, and a framework within which these could be achieved. This was documented in a gender strategy.

‘Embracing change’ at the P4P Annual Consultation

As the five-year P4P pilot phase draws to a close, the consultation’s theme was “Embracing Change.” The main focus was on moving the P4P concept into the post-pilot era. Representatives of farmers’ organizations, governments, private sector and development partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations Rome-Based Agencies (RBAs) presented their perspectives, building on lessons learned, addressing achievements and challenges, filling gaps, and discussing objectives for the future.

P4P 5th Annual Consultation 2014 - Live Webcast


Once the P4P consultation webcast starts on Wednesday 29 January, you will be able to follow two days of interesting discussions and presentations live, directly from this page. 

You can download the agenda for the P4P Annual Consultation here.



To watch archived footage from the consultation, click here. 



High-level awareness raising for financial inclusion

Traveling in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Queen Maxima met with a variety of key stakeholders in Tanzania and Ethiopia. She was accompanied by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo and Adolfo Brizzi, the Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division of IFAD. The purpose of the high-level visit was to highlight the importance of expanding financial inclusion in order to strengthen food security.

Awards for the best farmers’ organizations in Africa

The 2013 Africa Farmer Organization Award was organized by African Investment Climate Research (AFRICRES) in partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital role played by farmers’ organisations in promoting sustainable agriculture across the continent. 

Awards were given in five key categories: governance and accountability; income diversity; advocacy; female and youth participation; and access to markets.

Preparations for independent evaluation of P4P

P4P has gathered significant knowledge and research about what works most effectively when linking smallholder farmers to formal markets; and how WFP’s procurement footprint can be a catalyst for development. The final evaluation is a vital step in the pilot project, as it will further determine the ways in which lessons from the 20 pilot countries can inform future engagement of WFP in the area of pro-smallholder market development.

WFP 2008-2013 ‘Purchase for Progress’ Pilot Initiative – A Strategic Final Evaluation. Terms of Reference.