P4P News

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


Taking stock: WFP and stakeholders review P4P at mid-point

Here you can find a summary of the discussions and decisions.

Here you can watch the new P4P Corporate Video.

Here you can find a presentation summarising the four P4P approaches.

Here you can find the results of the Mid-Term Evaluation of P4P (report, executive summary and management response).

Here you can find the report from the third meeting of P4P’s Technical Review Panel (TRP).

Here you can find the newly developed P4P Gender Strategy.

Here you can find the reports from the write shop process.

 

Gates and Buffett Honoured For Supporting Small Farmers

The event included a keynote address from US Vice President Joseph Biden, an award presentation by last year’s winner Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and discussions with this year’s award recipients, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and others.

“Ending global hunger is not just possible. It’s a moral and strategic imperative,” Clinton said as she presented the award.

South Sudan: Female Farmer Still Optimistic Despite Hardships

JUBA -- Gracie Seratiore Furimona, 42 years old, is a farmer from the village of Saura in South Sudan’s Western Equatorial state. The mother of five cultivates maize and other crops like groundnuts, rice, cassava, bananas, and beans on a small scale for home consumption.

She joined the Namukuru Farmers group in 2010. The same year, Namukuru and its 30 members were selected to participate in P4P by the Bangladeshi Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of P4P’s many NGO partners in South Sudan.

Learn, Learn And Learn, Experts Recommend

SAN SALVADOR -- The TRP, a panel of nine experts from academic institutions, development agencies, implementing and government partners, provides high level independent advice and expertise to WFP on the implementation of the P4P pilot across the 21 countries. The El Salvador meeting brought together the TRP members as well as a number of external observers including farmers, private sector grain buyers, representatives of the Centro American Agriculture Council, FAO, UN Woman, and WFP staff involved in the implementation of P4P in Central America and Africa.

Where WFP distributes food bought under P4P

Of the 21 P4P pilot countries, 20 have now bought food using P4P’s pro-smallholder modalities. Out of the 187,000 tons contracted by WFP, a total of 115,000 tons has been delivered so far. The remainder is either still to be delivered or was defaulted. To learn more about defaults and why they occur, read this story.

Food purchased through P4P is so far mostly used for WFP operations within the same country. The food bought from smallholder farmers is distributed in programmes such as school feeding, food-for-work, nutrition interventions or as rations for refugees.

Afghanistan: Progress despite hardships

Four years ago, Stephane Meaux started to work for WFP in Afghanistan as a Junior Professional Officer funded by the French Government. When he first heard about the possibility of including Afghanistan in the list of P4P pilot countries, Stephane was very excited: “There is a need for a programme like this in Afghanistan”, he says. “Farmers are working very hard, but after years of conflict, they need support and trainings – and the same goes for local traders and processors: they have a vision, but need help to make their dreams a reality.

Quality checks closer to the farmer

The original Blue Box from Guatemala was designed to check and ultimately improve the quality of maize produced by local farmers’ organisations. It included a calibrated scale, a moisture meter, sieves, grain sampling equipment, an aflatoxin test kit, and power supplies. Farmers, WFP field staff and implementing partners used it to conduct basic quality testing.

The intention behind the Blue Box for WFP was to enable a screening of the food to be bought from smallholders before sending samples to the superintendent company.

Defaults of food deliveries under P4P

For WFP, a default on a food purchase contract occurs when a contract is not met, specifically regarding quantity and/or quality of the food to be delivered. Defaults are a concern for WFP, as the agency has to quickly replace it with food bought through alternative channels to avoid pipeline breaks for the beneficiaries of food assistance programmes - and this is not always easy. For P4P, a default provides a chance to learn. As a pilot, P4P learns valuable lessons from defaults just as much as from successful contracts with farmers’ organisations.

P4P purchases in the first two years

Each year, as farmers’ organizations and small and medium-scale traders increase their capacity to meet market demand with adequate quantity and quality, the percentage of P4P purchases in WFP’s portfolio is expected to increase.

There has also been a substantial hike in the amount of commodities contracted: from 36,000 metric tons in 2009, to 112,000 tons in 2010, nearly three times as much.

What we are learning from forward contracting in West Africa

These contracts totalled over 3,700 metric tons of sorghum, millet, beans and maize, to be delivered after harvest at the end of 2010. Only 1,200 metric tons have actually been delivered to WFP so far. The aim of the forward contracts was to give smallholder farmers’ organizations assurance at planting time of a guaranteed market, therefore encouraging increased production and facilitating their access to credit.