Markets and Private Sector
Development programmes and projects aim to address the many challenges faced by smallholder farmers and producers. These range from having access to good inputs, strengthening the delivery of business and financial services, facilitating access to markets, and providing timely market information to strengthen the negotiating and bargaining power of smallholder producers. Today, increasingly this is possible through a public-private partnership. The various sessions will showcase examples of:
- innovative public-private partnerships discuss innovative approaches to target nomadic communities
- developing a value-based market for smallholder producers
- different value-chain approaches
Purchase for Progress (P4P) (205)
Purchase for Progress is a pilot initiative that links farmers with World Food Programme to provide staple foods in 21 countries at a fair price. By raising farmers’ incomes, P4P turns WFP’s local procurement into a tool to address hunger. Participants in this session, taking place three years into a five-year pilot, will be briefed on lessons learned and best practices. WFP predicts that at least half a million smallholder farmers will have increased and improved their agricultural production and earnings through this initiative by 2013.