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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid arm of the United Nations system, and is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

SAA has partnered with the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (WFP P4P) initiative in three countries – Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda. P4P is an attempt to extend WFP’s local and regional purchasing to include small-scale farmers. This requires that WFP grain quality standards are met and that smallholders aggregate their surpluses so that at least 50, and preferably 100, tons are available for collection. SG 2000 country programs are working as ‘supply side’ partners to P4P, providing training and technical backstopping to organized farmers in crop productivity enhancement, post-harvest handling, and farmer organization governance and management.

P4P in Mali

In 2009 the SG2000-Mali began working with the WFP to facilitate the supply of locally produced commodities to WFP’s P4P initiative.

In 2010, 38 villages were selected based on the supply of stocks by members of farmer organizations to be directly involved in the P4P program. Members of six farmer organizations were trained in farming, storage, packaging, management and marketing techniques. They delivered 85% of millet and 97% of sorghum planned, with a total value of nearly US$170,000. A premium price was paid.

P4P in Uganda

The SG2000-Uganda WFP P4P activities started in 2010 in six districts namely: Bugiri, Buikwe, Kamwenge, Kamuli, Lira, and Luwero. Farmers in established organizations received assistance in obtaining postharvest handling equipment to strengthen their marketing centers. Two farmer organizations received substantial assistance to construct and equip new marketing centers. In addition, 21 grain drying cribs were constructed in selected areas and 1,400 tarpaulins for cleaning and drying were distributed to farmers.

Approximately 1,500 farmers were trained on improved postharvest handling techniques and crop productivity enhancement. Management training was also given to their associations. During 2010-11, 2,556 tons of maize and 66 tons of beans were sold as surplus to P4P and other buyers through this marketing model.

P4P in Ethiopia

SG2000-Ethiopia launched its WFP-P4P project in June 2010 for three years. The project supports farmer training in crop productivity enhancement and improved postharvest handling, equipment (see photo) and management training to 16 participating Cooperative Unions in the preparation of market tenders and contracts and conducted good warehouse management.

Impact is being achieved in the project. Prior to the SG2000-Ethiopia intervention, the Sidama Elto Cooperative Union, in Southern Region of Ethiopia marketed only 300 tons of food commercially. In 2010, it sold 2,500 tons of food (maize and beans) on the commercial market, including 1,600 tons to the WFP. The improvement in the quality of the crop offered to the market made the difference.


The maize sheller (left) and the grain cleaner (right) introduced to participating CUs in Ethiopia through the WFP-SAA collaborative project.

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