From 28th to 31st January 2013, about 150 people from around the world will gather together at the FAO Headquarters in Rome for the WFP/P4P Annual Consultation. As we enter the fifth and final year of the P4P pilot, this forum will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the past four years and explore ways of moving forward together. The meeting will take place over four days, with two days for discussion with all participants and two days for internal discussions. In addition to WFP HQ and field staff, other participants will include government partners, private sector, agricultural institutions, donors and non-governmental organizations.
Top Photo: Honduras, La Merced de Chirina, Jamastran, Danli, El Paraiso, April 2010
Purchase for Progress (P4P) contributes to poverty reduction in Honduras by supporting the agricultural production of small-scale farmers and connecting them to the local market. P4P offers a reliable market opportunity to small holders by purchasing corn and beans to distribute through school meals.
Currently, 13,000 small-scale farmers are benefitting from this project, many of them women.
Juan Martinez – is a small beans producer and he is so happy with the result of his plot. He has been supported with training and products by WFP.
Photo: WFP/Gracia Maria Espinal
Bottom left Photo: Malawi, June 2010
Landlocked Malawi, which is currently ranked 164 out of 177 on the Human Development Index, is a low-income, food-deficient and least developed country with the majority of its population of 12 million living below the poverty line.
WFP is working to connect farmers in Malawi to markets through the Purchase for Progress initiative.
P4P will contribute to the efforts by the Malawi Government in its quest to eradicate poverty and improve the welfare of Malawians by increasing income and capacity of smallholder farmers to efficiently produce
quality commodities beyond subsistence.
The P4P project aims at strengthening the productive and marketing capacities of small and low-income farmers to enable them to take advantage of the marketing opportunities beyond WFP.
WFP’s entry point to improving low-income farmers’ access to markets is to create a platform of substantial and stable demand for food staples.
Together with supply side investment and capacity building, the demand is to stimulate an increase in yields and increased volume of marketable surpluses.
Photo: WFP/Charles Hatch-Barnwell
Bottom right Photo: South Sudan, State of Central Equatoria, Kajo Keji, December 2011
P4P in South Sudan focuses its activities on enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of farmers by offering a market outlet to farmers organizations and traders, building the local capacities to process and store the grain efficiently, manage warehouses, and facilitating access to credit through guaranteed contracts. P4P and its partners work to increase farmers’ production and enhance their ability to compete in the commercial market, as well as developing market infrastructure in the form of warehouse facilities. To enable the farmers, P4P and its partners provide training in agricultural practices and facilitate access to credit through guaranteed contracts.
Since October 2010, more than 360,000 South Sudanese have returned back to the newly independent South Sudan. In mid-December Edward Kiju, Celina Poni and their families returned back to Kajo-Keji in the southern part of the country after spending most of their lives in neighbouring Uganda. WFP, who is committed to support all returnees arriving South Sudan is taking the opportunity to assist around 50 farmers with food locally produced in the Kajo-Keji area. Thanks to an already functional farmers association in the area, P4P South Sudan managed to mobilise a total of 18 metric tons of maize which is successfully being distributed to the returnees.
Photo: WFP/Ahnna Gudmunds