P4P News

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

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.

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.