P4P in Action
Smallholder farmers in Uganda – like in many other developing countries - are able to produce surpluses. Finding a profitable market to sell those surpluses is, however, a much bigger challenge. Through P4P, WFP is using its demand for basic grains to help farmers to access markets.
A farmer in Kenya is double-checking the maize harvested before disposing of the unusable waste. P4P works closely with a variety of supply-side partners to increase the productivity of farmers helping access better seeds and fertilizers, and reduce their post-harvest losses.
A maize grinding mill in Kapchorwa, Uganda prepares the maize to be sold. As part of improving access to markets P4P is training farmers to improve the handling of their produce and promoting opportunities for value-addition like milling.
Through P4P in Zambia, small-scale farmers learn how to clean, grade and bag maize to meet the quality standards required by the certified warehouses where it can be stored to then be sold through the Commodity Exchange.
In Burkina Faso, farmers’ organizations are selling maize through P4P. Despite demanding additional work, farmers are able to sell at a better price because they are offering a better product. Members of the organization believe the additional work is compensated by the benefits and the increased profit margins.
Maize machine developed by the P4P project specifically for selecting, cleaning and drying maize and beans. The machine has been purchased by a farmers’ organization under a co-financing modality. Such machines did not exist in their market and P4P hired an engineer to adapt a model available for coffee and convert it for the use of maize and beans.
Women Association (Asociacion de Mujeres para un Mejor Manana) in San Miguel, in the south of Guatemala. Through P4P this organization is receiving training in production techniques. Members or the organization are tending their crops in the demonstration plots to grow beans.
Small scale farmers often have high post-harvest losses as a result of inadequate knowledge on appropriate drying and cleaning techniques, lack of access to the required equipment, and insufficient storage facilities. A locally constructed silo in the Gorangosa district of Mozambique is an example of P4P is helping farmers access better storage and train them in prolonged clean, dry and safe storage. These silos can hold up to one metric ton of maize, nhemba beans and other grain based products.
In Guatemala, P4P connects farmers’ organizations directly to demand-side partners. Vitacereal, a type of blended flour distributed by WFP in its nutritional programmes and produced by a private company. P4P links smallholder farmers with processing company through a guaranteed contract.
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