Linking Farmers to Markets

March 02, 2015

A new report from the World Food Program highlights a partnership with TechnoServe that has thousands of smallholder farmers improve their livelihoods.

Purchase for Progress (P4P), a five-year pilot initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), worked to link small-scale farmers to formal markets. In a recently released publication, "The P4P Story," WFP has compiled results, challenges, successes and stories reflecting the program's primary goals: partnership creation, government engagement, gender equity and collective smallholder action. 

The report highlights transformative partnerships with TechnoServe and other NGOs that “provided crucial technical expertise to improve smallholders’ ability to produce and market quality crops.”  As a P4P partner, TechnoServe worked with farmers' organizations in Ethiopia under the Maize Alliance. Using a train-the-trainer approach, we helped cooperatives improve their governance, business management and operation management so that they can sell high quality staple crops to large buyers, including the WFP.

Learn more about Purchase for Progress in their companion report, "Reflections on the Pilot."