P4P Stories from the field

A closer look at the farmers whose lives are being changed by P4P.

P4P Mozambique: Supporting women to produce more

Women’s low farming productivity in Mozambique is mainly due to their limited access to land and technical services in comparison to men. Unequal roles and unilateral decision making within households give women further disadvantages and less control of their livelihoods. As in other parts of Africa, women generally work for approximately 16 hours a day and spend a great portion of that on unpaid activities. 

 “It is very difficult to be a woman farmer. We go to the farm carrying the hoe, the tools and the children while our husbands don’t carry anything.

P4P Mali: Promoting a nutritious diet through women empowerment

On a sandy plain below Mali’s majestic Bandiagara cliffs, Awa Tessougué describes how she and a group of women farmers are reshaping agriculture in their village, putting money in their pockets and improving their children’s nutrition in the process.

“In the beginning, my husband was sceptical about the project. Now, not only has he given me a larger plot of land so that I can grow more niébé (cowpea), but he also allows me to sell the family’s millet surplus to WFP,” she said.

Reducing malnutrition by working with local millers

WFP’s involvement with the Afghan milling sector dates back to 2005 when WFP first purchased flour from two millers as part of the food assistance provided to tuberculosis patients. Since then, the collaboration has expanded significantly and today, through P4P, it includes extensive support in advocacy to the local milling industry.

P4P supporting women in their struggle for access to land

In the Kalenjin community in Rift Valley, women are usually entrusted with childcare and household chores, but this trust is rarely extended to other activities. Women have few assets of their own as they lack right of ownership. It is the men that manage household assets and all the finances; bank accounts and title deeds are in their names. Land rights are attributed to men.

Until recently, Elijah Lelei was no exception to this traditional allotment as he controlled farming activities on the land.

From Subsistence Farmer To Business Woman

Biba Sanou is a woman in her fifties with many responsibilities. Since her husband emigrated a decade ago, she has been the head of her household, caring for five children and making sure there is enough money to provide for food, housing and school fees. She is also the leader of Kouroudia women’s group, a P4P supported farmers’ organisation in Western Burkina Faso.

Access to credit key reason for success

For Biba and her farmers’ organisation, the P4P experience started in 2010.

P4P Mali: Benefits extend to local tax system

Out of the 703 municipalities in Mali, Cinzana is the biggest one with its 72 villages. Since the start of a decentralization process in Mali in 1993, the state has transferred many responsibilities to the municipalities, including the accountability and ownership of development. In Cinzana municipality, payment of local development tax (less than US$2 per person aged from 14 to 60 years) was previously a major challenge for smallholder farmers.

P4P Zambia: Tractors unleash farmers' potential

Limited access to mechanized equipment, such as tillage equipment and tractors, is one of the main reasons for the poor crop yields of Zambian smallholder farmers. Furthermore, the lack of mechanised agriculture only allows farmers to prepare limited areas of land before it is time to plant. Delayed planting is common which causes further reduction in the yields. Overall, poor agricultural productivity and quality limits the smallholder farmers’ participation in WFP’s local purchase for the home-grown school meal programme in Zambia.

P4P Liberia: Women growing both confidence and rice

 The Gbonkuma Rural Women Association (GRWA) has 250 members and is headed by female Executive Director Fatu Namieh Nyen, respectfully known as Ma Fatu. Ma Fatu and GRWA came into the public limelight in Liberia when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the group in 2011. During this visit, the President was inspired by the dynamism and commitment of GRWA and the important role that they were playing in improving the lives of women within their community.

DRC: In Equateur’s Forests, P4P Helps To Build A Generation Of Model Farmers

“My four children are now healthy and fit, and we’ve been able to pay the school fees for all of them”, says Mama Mbango Amba, her chubby last-born on her back. Mama Mbango proudly shows the ground maize she will cook for the family dinner. She produced this maize and has been able to mill it thanks to the community mill bought through P4P.   

P4P is implemented by both WFP and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in two regions in DRC, Katanga and Equateur. In Equateur, P4P started just a year ago thanks to a contribution from France.

South Sudan: Farmers Learn To View Agriculture As Business

As the sun rises in Nzara, a small town located in the Western Equatoria state of South Sudan, Augustino rides with a 50kg bag of maize strapped to his bicycle. He is heading to the warehouse where the Nzara Agricultural Farmers Association (NAFA) is collecting grain from local farmers for sale.

At the warehouse, built with the support of P4P, NAFA agents unload the bag, clean and sort the maize to ensure it is of good quality, transfer the contents into a bag marked with the WFP logo, weigh it and store.