Connecting farmers to markets
The Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot has allowed WFP to try out new ways of leveraging its purchasing power to support agricultural and market development in developing countries. Over the past five years, the pilot has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of farmers, especially women, in 20 developing countries, supporting them to grow more, sell more, and earn more and become more competitive players in their local markets.
P4P links WFP’s demand for staple food commodities (cereals, pulses and blended foods) with the technical expertise of a wide range of partners to support smallholder farmers boost their agricultural production and sell their surplus at a fair price. By providing a market to smallholder farmers and supporting them to improve crop quality and increase their sales to WFP as well as other buyers, the initiative has transformed WFP’s local procurement into a vital tool to address hunger.
Though the five-year P4P pilot period concluded in December 2013, efforts to support smallholders continue as WFP mainstreams key innovations and best practices. WFP is committed to continue its support to smallholder farmers and is mainstreaming key innovations and best practices. These efforts support the Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge and WFP’s global effort to help smallholders to access markets, addressing food insecurity and poverty. Learn more
In Ethiopia, the government has been building on the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress initiative to scale up support to smallholder farmers. Khalid Bomba, head of the Agricultural Transformation Agency, discusses the benefits of P4P and the way forward for scaling up pro-smallholder support through strategic partnerships.
With Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme (WFP) purchases crops from smallholder farmers’ organizations and supports them to become effective businesses. With help from WFP, other buyers bought more than US$60 million-worth of food from these farmers’ organizations, giving smallholders access to sustainable markets.
After years of civil war, and the outbreak of the Ebola virus in mid-2014, smallholder farmers in Liberia face a wide variety of challenges. The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners work to support smallholder farmers across the value chain – from production to post-harvest handling and marketing.
Efforts to enhance smallholder farmers’ involvement in agricultural markets under the World Food Programme (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme have led to a variety of nutrition-sensitive activities. In many rural communities where P4P and partners work, these context- and country-specific efforts have begun to increase farming families’ access to nutritious food and their knowledge of good nutrition practices.