P4P News

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

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.

Independent experts provided WFP with advice on P4P pilot

Throughout the past five years, a Technical Review Panel (TRP) comprised of nine experts from academic institutions, development agencies, government and implementing partners has met annually to offer their expertise and advice to WFP on the implementation of the P4P pilot.

As the pilot period draws to a close, P4P is seeking to consolidate the global lessons learned. During a three-day consultation in Washington DC, TRP met with selected members of P4P’s Steering Committee.

Visit to learn public procurement from Rwanda

 “People say Rwanda is a country of a thousand hills, to me Rwanda is a land of a thousand things to learn on economic development,” said Richard Barwecho Rono, who represented Lolgorian farmers’ organization in the Kenyan delegation. Together with government, farmers’ organizations and WFP representatives from Ghana, the delegation spent a week during August in Rwanda, familiarizing themselves with Common P4P (CP4P).

Comparative research to reduce post-harvest losses

A large number of detailed studies show how food commodities can be damaged or spoiled during harvest, processing, storage and transporting. Every year, more than 30 percent of the food produced for human consumption across the sub-Saharan African countries is lost or wasted. This volume far exceeds the total amount of international food aid provided to the region each year.

Fortunately, there are many solutions available.

Record purchase from P4P-supported farmers in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has one of the most ambitious P4P programmes in the world. During the past year, WFP bought more than 100,000 metric tons of food in the country, its largest local purchase in Africa. One of the biggest deliveries – almost 19,000 metric tons of maize – was recently completed by P4P-supported smallholder farmers in 16 cooperative unions.

Seven new studies to document critical P4P lessons


Through interviews with more than 130 farmers in Burkina Faso and Rwanda, P4P aims to document how smallholder farmers decide where and how to sell their surplus produce. More specifically, the study aims to identify the key factors that affect how smallholders use farmers’ organisations as an advantageous marketing channel. In this way, the study provides key information on P4P’s fundamental assumption that collective action is an effective way to build a sustainable access to markets for smallholders.

P4P exemplifies innovation in new UN procurement report


The 2012 Annual Statistical Report on UN Procurement provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the United Nations system in support of its operations. The thematic supplement to the report focuses on sustainable procurement. It contains a range of articles and case studies from academia, the public and private sectors and the United Nations.

P4P in post-conflict countries – difficult but important

WFP is deliberately piloting P4P in a very diverse set of countries to determine the various positive and possibly negative outcomes of different approaches in different environments. In post-conflict countries like Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan, many difficulties have been revealed.

Countless obstacles face P4P implementation

One example is the lack of roads and basic transport infrastructure in South Sudan, hindering most smallholder farmers to access markets.