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Smallholder Farmers Share Experiences on How to Link to Markets in El Salvador

Today, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), through its Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, hosted the event called “Sharing Experiences about the Link of Smallholder Farmers to Local Markets.”
In El Salvador, P4P has been implemented since 2009 with a total investment of US$3.5 million thanks to the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to help link smallholder farmers to markets.

San Salvador,  October 2 – Today, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), through its Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, hosted the event called “Sharing Experiences about the Link of Smallholder Farmers to Local Markets.”

In El Salvador, P4P has been implemented since 2009 with a total investment of US$3.5 million thanks to the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to help link smallholder farmers to markets.

Along with strategic partners and smallholders’ associations, WFP has developed activities to help reinforce the capacities of these associations. These activities are: organizational reinforcement, production, post-harvest management, storage and processing, quality and safety management, financial access (including investment and credit for work capital) and, finally, the development of markets.

“WFP is committed to support the Government of El Salvador in its efforts to fight against hunger and malnutrition, and the development of smallholders’ capacity to increase yields so they can contribute to the country’s food availability and their families’ food security,” said WFP Representative in El Salvador, Dorte Ellehammer.

The P4P initiative benefits 9.046 smallholders’ families who are part of 20 smallholders’ associations for basic grains in El Salvador. A total of 45.230 people in 27 municipalities of eight departments in the country benefit from P4P, said Ellehammer. Around the world, the P4P initiative that has been implemented in 20 countries and among more than 1 million smallholders farmers, including women, who have been selling their food produce products to WFP for use in its programmes.

During the last five years, P4P producers have managed to successfully link their production to local markets integration, which is reflected in their sales volume. Since 2009 to date, smallholder farmers associations have sold to WFP some 6.425 metric tons of food worth more than US$3 million. Sales to other markets –agroindustry, government institutions, restaurants and export companies—reached 14.907 metric tons of food –including maize, beans and sorghum—worth US$5.5 million.
P4P also promoted greater inclusion of women and young people, who in turn have become leaders and decision makers inside the smallholders’ associations. Some women head the associations and others chair working groups and committees in charge of the associations’ operations.

WFP is in charge of implementing the P4P initiative with strategic partners, such as the private sector and international organizations, and in coordination with the Government of El Salvador.

 

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For further information, please contact:
Iris Chávez, PMA El Salvador, Tel. 2507-1749, Mob. 7853-1464
Iris.chavez@wfp.org.