P4P Stories from the field

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

Burkina Faso: Farmer's Lessons Selling To WFP

Since her husband died four years ago, the 50-year old cultivates 4 hectares of land belonging to her husband’s family, growing sorghum, cowpeas, sesame and millet. She manages to operate three hectares on her own, while the remaining hectar is farmed collectively with 10 members of her female farmers’ organisation “Claire’s Friendship”. Marie Therese is also the president of the organisation.

Mozambique: The Importance Of Proper Household Storage

Maize is grown by 80 percent of smallholders and covers 35 percent of cultivated land in Mozambique.  However, despite the potential that exists, smallholders’ income remains low and their exposure to food insecurity high. In 2010, P4P introduced into the Zambezia province in central Mozambique more than 100 household silos called “Gorongosa” silos, made from locally available materials. WFP in conjunction with other UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), also supported Zambezia farmers with another type of silo - the metallic silo.

Guatemala: Better Seeds For P4P Farmers

The farmers’ organization Cooperativa Integral Agrícola La Montaña was formed about 15 years ago in the village of La Montaña in southern Guatemala. The organization has 21 members, seven of whom are women. While WFP offers a market for smallholders’ produce, P4P partner organizations give the farmers technical assistance in producing maize and beans. Part of this assistance is a demonstration plot of one manzana (about 0.7 hectare), where farmers can learn about new crops and new agricultural techniques.

Tanzania: Trainings Empower Women

When Theodora was asked by the facilitator from the Rural Urban Development Initiative (RUDI), one of P4P’s partners in Tanzania, to make a presentation in front of her fellow farmers, it took all her courage to stand up and talk. As one of 50 farmers from the Kituntu Savings and Credits Cooperative Organisation (SACCO) selected to attend the P4P/RUDI training, she knew that she would face a big and attentive audience.

But she did it, and it changed her life. She gained a lot of confidence and is no longer afraid to participate in meetings and express her opinion.

Zambia: Selling Through Exchange Gives Farmers Better Prices

The smallholders in Zambia’s Central Province cleaned, aggregated and bagged their soya beans and sold a combined total of 16.75 tons through the Zambian Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE) to CHC Commodities in Lusaka, who have since brokered them to a local milling company. Each farmer received 2,700 Zambian Kwacha per kg (about US$ 0.55), whereas local small traders had only offered around ZMK 1,800 (about US$ 0.35) per kg.

Honduras: Benefits of a capable farmers' organisation

In May 2003, APAO was legally registered as a farmers’ organization. It receives support from various organizations such as Red SICTA or the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The organization provides agricultural assistance to any community member requesting help, regardless of membership status.

According to APAO’s President Pablo Ordoñez, there is a community development aspect to the organization. They have relationships with all nearby schools, and members often teach students about the benefits of reforestation and water conservation.

Mali: Farmer’s progress over two years of P4P

In the village of Dioila, 160 km from Mali’s capital of Bamako, the farmers’ association Union Locale des Producteurs des Cereales (ULPC) was one of the first chosen to participate in P4P in 2009. From the start, the farmers had great expectations of P4P, as they said that a secure market was their biggest priority.

The challenge of providing quality millet and sorghum that would meet WFP’s standards was one they relished. They said that working towards very strict quality targets would prove to be a valuable experience.

Uganda: Farmers accessing better markets through group marketing

“I realised that quality and group marketing helps us to be more successful - because we were offered a better price! In the open market, maize was selling at 450 Ugandan Shillings per kg – but we got 600 USh per kg from the Mukwano Group of Companies because our maize had a higher quality,” says Martin Ogwal, a member of the Eguli United Farmers Group.

43-year old Martin from Amwoma in northern Uganda is married and has 6 children. His main source of providing for his family is farming. He grows mainly maize, beans and sunflowers.

Kenya: P4P brings farmers together

The Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture therefore implemented a programme called “Farming for Peace” in Transmara. “When our farmers left pastoralism and gradually got into farming, they stopped fighting”, says the districts’ Agriculture Officer Ernest Muendo.

The arrival of Purchase for Progress (P4P) in the area at the end of 2009 also helped, as it represented an important market outlet for quality food in the remote area. 

“Before, there was no reliable market, so the groups did not last.

Ghana: Farmers come to trust markets

Lydia Myantekyiwaah from Ejura in Ghana’s Ashanti region owns a farm of 1.5 hectares. With it, she has to provide for her five children. The 42-year old is a member of the Sekyere Odiasempa Cooperative Farming & Marketing Society, a group of 300 smallholder farmers taking part in the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.

Lydia sold her maize to WFP in P4P’s first purchase in Ghana in December 2010 - and got a fair price for the first time in her life.