David Tibo, a small-holder farmer in Southern Ethiopia, made this year his first profit ever thanks to his participation in WFP's pilot project Purchase for Progress (P4P). The project enables small-holder farmers to supply food to WFP operations and gives them the know-how and tools to become competitive players in the agricultural marketplace.
David sold 4.5 metric tons of corn through his cooperative union to WFP. In the end of 2009, he participated in a first P4P training where he learned about crop quality standards, crop diversification and market linkages. He says that this training changed his life.
David Tibo earned 2,000 Ethiopian Birr more than last year (about US$200). This profit allowed him to buy an ox. Before he had to borrow his neighbor's ox and he often had to wait until the animal was available, which was a huge waste of time. Now he will be able to get more work done and hopefully increase his production.
David Tibo also plans to rent some extra land to grow more crops and he would like to buy a mill that he can use to grind his own corn and rent out to the people in the village. He is convinced the if he continues working hard, he will never go back to poverty.
WFP provides corn shellers and grain cleaning machines to cooperative unions and trains union members on their utilization. These machines will improve the quality of the crops sold to WFP. Since February 2010, WFP bought more than 5,500 metric tons of corn and beans from cooperative unions in three regions of the country.
As part of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) project, WFP provides training on marketing skills and crop quality to small-traders in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. At the beginning of 2010, the small-traders started selling food to WFP.