P4P Stories from the field

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


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.

Rwanda: P4P creates employment for a former refugee

“When I returned from Tanzania as a refugee in 1996, just past the border we were greeted by WFP staff”, remembers Beatha Muicanziga, standing outside the offices of her cooperative COACMU in Kirehe District, Eastern Rwanda. The border is less than 10 km away from where she is sitting, but in her mind it is even closer. “They were giving out bags of maize, beans and oil to all returnees. I thought that was amazing. They were giving me food although I didn’t have even 5 Francs in my pocket”.

Now, fifteen years later, Mrs.

Small Farmers In South Sudan Take Bold Step Into Markets

JUBA-Like most members of the Nzara Agricultural Farmer Association (NAFA), Paul and Angelo’s transformation into successful commercial farmers didn’t happen overnight.As participants in WFP’s P4P, which helps to link farmers with markets, Paul and Angelo had a lot to learn about modern methods of storage and quality control. They had to start using bags and tarpaulins to dry and pack their maize, and learn to keep it safe from rot and rodents. It also took courage.

Tanzania: New opportunities for female farmers

“P4P came out of nowhere. I went to a P4P training which really helped me and I was very excited about joining the initiative,” says Felista. Last season, P4P contracted 50 tons of maize from her local Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO).

In Tanzania, P4P is working with SACCOs to connect smallholder farmers to markets. SACCOs are microfinance organizations set up to provide its members with access to credit, and they often are the only functional organization at the village level.

Guatemala: Women to the forefront in agriculture

Amanda Lopez is a 56 year-old woman who lives and works on the Pacific coastal plain in Guatemala. She is a farmer and founder of the Civil Association for the Integral Development of Active Rural Women (Asociación Civil de Desarrollo Integral de Mujeres Activas Rurales - ACDIMAR). This association is formed exclusively by women, which is neither usual nor easy in a society in which women’s lives are bound by traditional roles.

“It is the first all-women organization with which we work.

DRC: Encouraging signs despite multiple challenges

WFP’s pilot programme Purchase for Progress (P4P) and its sister agency the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) are working hand in hand in DRC to help rebuild agricultural commodity markets, which have been affected by years of disruption and armed conflict. Crucial to revitalising markets and connecting farmers with traders is the expansion and rehabilitation of the transportation infrastructure.

Access to finance for farmers in Nicaragua

Natalia Castro Landero lives in the community of San Bartolo in northern Nicaragua. For several years, she was part of a WFP food-for-work program that supplies smallholder farmers like her with food so that they could spend time to improve their fields with soil conservation techniques. Receiving only a small loan of US$25 to purchase inputs, Natalia used to grow one hectare of maize and harvested each year around 1.3 metric tons.

With her harvest, she had to repay the loan and of course also feed her family.

Trade fair enhances market opportunities for smallholder farmers

The fair brought together major local grain traders, representatives of farmers’ organisations and agricultural markets service providers for the first time. Under P4P, WFP supports the efforts of the Government to boost agricultural production and to improve the income of smallholder farmers by developing the market in Rwanda.

One immediate benefit of the fair was that several traders signed agreements with smallholder farmers’ organisations to buy about 5,000 tons of food. The traders also promised to buy over 40,000 tons of food over the next six months.