While many rural farmers have limited access to communications technologies, radio reaches at least 70 percent of rural households. Because small-scale farmers are often located in widespread, hard-to-reach rural areas, we believe that radio is a key tool to reach them most cost-effectively.
A modified version of this blog post was published on the Guardian Global Development Profession Network 12 June 2014.
In developing countries, women are the backbone of the rural economy and are responsible for 60 to 80 percent of food production. They are also highly knowledgeable about crop varieties.
IICA was founded in 1942, with a commitment to making agriculture more productive, inclusive and sustainable, improving the lives of rural dwellers in the Americas. We work with P4P under an umbrella collaboration on a regional and national level in Latin America, coupling our capacity development work with WFP’s purchasing power to provide smallholders with an incentive to improve their production.
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. To date, we have worked in more than 40 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, assisting thousands of businesses and improving the incomes of millions of people.
“It is a win-win situation because GIZ is now assured that the excess production that they are supporting enters into a market. And it is a win-win situation for WFP because we are assured that there is actually surplus to buy because GIZ is supporting the farmers. And the farmers win because now they have an assured market, they have more income and they are becoming more resilient in their lives,” says Emmanuela Mashayo, P4P country coordinator in South Sudan.
ACDI/VOCA began operations in 1963 and has since worked in 146 countries. At ACDI/VOCA, we share a common goal with the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P): to promote positive economic and social change worldwide by linking smallholder farmers to the global economy.
Upon my arrival in Kpayaquelleh, a small village in Central Liberia, the first thing that struck me was the presence of many small shops owned by women. I soon learned that this is only one indication of the vitality of the village’s economic life, as well as the women’s spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship. As it turns out, these women also hold leadership roles in their traditional occupation: smallholder rice farming.
Flying into Malawi, nestled between the Lake and the lush hills of Africa’s Rift Valley, the deforested hills and depleted soils are visible from 2,000 metres. This presents daunting challenges for Malawi’s farmers, most of whom rely on semi-subsistence rainfed production to feed their families and earn a decent living.
Smallholders will be able to sell their maize to NFRA, while ten percent of NFRA’s purchases will be reserved for smallholders participating in WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot in the country.
The new agreement could quadruple the size of current P4P purchases in Tanzania, taking purchases from a 2011 high of 4,300 tons to 20,000 tons annually. Under the previous arrangement, WFP was already able to buy 90,000 tons of maize from NFRA. WFP uses the food bought from NFRA for its food assistance programmes in the region, such as in Kenya, Somalia or South Sudan.