P4P Stories from the field

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


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.

Sierra Leone – Farmers Progress In Times Of Peace

Aiah Fundowa has lived in Njagwema, the main village of the Fiama chiefdom in Sierra Leone’s eastern district Kono, all his life. He is the head of the “Quendordonya Farmers’ Association” and also acts as a marketing agent for its umbrella body “Bassankoe Agricultural Company Ltd”.
The Bassankoe organisation was formed in 2009 to market agricultural commodities, bringing together four lower-level groups in thearea.

Ethiopia - School meals supplied by local farmers

These locally-grown meals are the result of a partnership between WFP’s School Meals programme and its Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative. School Meals promote student enrollment and attendance in chronically food insecure areas of Ethiopia, with a focus on promoting girls’ education. P4P uses WFP’s purchasing power and its expertise in logistics and food quality to offer smallholder farmers opportunities to access agricultural markets, to become competitive players in those markets and thus to improve their lives.

Cycling towards progress: a woman’s journey with P4P

“With my bike, my life has changed! My name is Azeta Sawadogo, I am 52 years old, and have 7 children. I live in Pella in northern Burkina Faso.   As a member of a women's group that is supported by the Association Formation Développment Ruralité (AFDR), I was able to get a loan from their community project (EPC Saving for Change). I was able to conduct income generating activities that gave me a profit of € 15 in 2010. I also received €40.50 from my group for our activities.

Uganda - Farmers in the north see good times ahead

Charles Komakech plunges his hoe into the rust red soil, shooing away a wayward chicken. Corn pushes up, shoulder high, stretching toward the sky. Within hours, the rains will come thundering down, turning the tiny farming roads in this slice of northern Uganda into muddy rivers.

It’s been a good year for Komakech, and not just because of the rains. The 38-year-old farmer counts among more than 7,000 smallholders in the Acholi sub-region to join WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme.

Honduras – School meals provided by smallholders

WFP is responsible for buying and transporting the food, while programming and food monitoring are done jointly by WFP, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development. Other local partners include UNICEF, FAO, USAID, CIDA and various NGOs who provide support in areas such as school infrastructure, deworming, school vegetable gardens and nutrition education.

The Government of Honduras steadily increased its commitment and programme ownership through the years.

Guatemala - Women take charge of their farms

YUPILTEPQUE—When she remembers growing up in a rural village in Guatemala one thing stands out for Roxanna Valenzuela. It was how the community ostracised her family, because her mother, a single parent, insisted on sending her 3 daughters to school even though she was struggling to put food on the table. 

Today, Roxanna, 32, is the secretary of The Municipal Association of Active Women from Yupiltepeque (AMMYA), a farmers group involved in the Purchase for Progress pilot (P4P) which uses the WFP’s role as a food buyer to help connect small farmers to markets.

Malawi – Farmers sell their maize online

For the past year P4P Malawi has been working with farmers’ organisations to improve their business mindset and their understanding of contract terms. Together with partners, P4P concentrated its capacity development support during the last six months on training that focused on improving the ability of organisations to plan and deliver (see here).

In August, P4P witnessed the first results of this strategy.