United Nations World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) Initiative

A five-year pilot initiative of the WFP in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, P4P is a partnership with a desire to purchase food as part of a solution to hunger.

United Nations World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) Initiative

Purchase for Progress (P4P) is a pilot initiative launched in 2008. P4P has successfully enabled WFP to try out new ways of leveraging its procurement footprint to promote agricultural and market development. Over the period of 5 years, the pilot project has experimented with smallholder-friendly procurement models targeting smallholder farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The project aimed for an annual income gain of $50 for a total of 500,000 smallholder farmers, including women.

P4P’s activities fell into three pillars: procurement pillar, partnership and learning/sharing. The MTE evidenced that P4P is multi-faceted, which is positive as it allows different models emphasising one of its four facets to co-exist and be tested. The facets are: food aid procurement; smallholder development; market development; and Research and Development. Though the five-year P4P pilot period concluded in December 2013, efforts to support smallholders continue as WFP mainstreams key innovations and best practices.


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LocationWorldwide, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Mozambique, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Honduras, Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, South Asia, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 2008
  • End Date 2013
  • ValueUSD 167 Million