Record purchase from P4P-supported farmers in Ethiopia

Scaling Up Nutrition

World Food Programme (WFP) recently bought almost 19,000 metric tons of food produced by smallholders in Ethiopia. With a value of more than US$6 million, this is WFP’s largest contract supporting farmers to date. The contract is carried out with WFP's Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative and key to its successful deliveries has been the forward delivery contracts, enabled by a successful collaboration between donors, banks, farmers’ cooperatives, NGOs and the government.

Ethiopia has one of the most ambitious P4P programmes in the world. During the past year, WFP bought more than 100,000 metric tons of food in the country, its largest local purchase in Africa. One of the biggest deliveries – almost 19,000 metric tons of maize – was recently completed by P4P-supported smallholder farmers in 16 cooperative unions.

Our food assistance is reaching millions of people in Ethiopia every year, and if we can use our purchasing power to make long-term changes to build resilience in Ethiopia, then we will truly be useful here,” said Abdou Dieng, country director for WFP Ethiopia.

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