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WFP Purchase for Progress Annual Consultation

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.  Below is a brief glimpse of what will be convered.
Reflections and Looking Forward
These sessions will provide an opportunity to take stock of progress to date and share some preliminary details of emerging evidence.  The focus areas will be Building Capacity of Farmers’ Organizations and Gender.
P4P as a Catalyst – Supporting Agricultural Transformation:
This session will present specific examples of how P4P is being effectively used to support broader agricultural transformation agendas.  This will be presented from the perspectives of host governments and development partners, particularly focusing on the role of P4P as an integral part of a comprehensive approach.
Moving Forward Together – Partners’ Perspectives:
Working with over 200 partners in 20 countries, the active engagement of a broad range of stakeholders has been crucial to the development of P4P over the past four years.    Moving from plenary to break-out groups, this session will allow our partners to voice their perspectives, with time for discussion among group participants.  We hope to learn about what has worked well and what specific challenges have been faced as partnerships with P4P have evolved.
Moving Forward – Learning from WFP in Non-Pilot Countries:
During this session, experiences from 3 non-pilot countries will be shared, focusing on how WFP country offices have leveraged P4P to undertake pro smallholder farmer local purchases.