Small-Scale
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WFP connects farmers to resources and local markets, improving agricultural production, harvesting hope for the future and transforming lives.

Through its Purchase for Progress initiative, WFP provides small-scale farmers with the training and tools they need to grow their businesses. WFP shares critical expertise in areas like improving production, reducing post-harvest loss, developing business skills and expanding access to financial tools. Investing in this kind of local knowledge helps improve the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.

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Over 50 percent of the world’s hungry people are farmers in rural areas who tend fields of five acres or less.

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Over a pilot period of 5 years, WFP established relationships with 1 million small-scale farmers.

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WFP currently operates its program in 20 countries and is expanding to reach more around the globe.

Whenever possible, WFP also buys excess crops from small-scale farmers and has become one of the world’s largest buyers of food. In fact, more than 80 percent of WFP’s food is purchased in developing countries. Buying locally means WFP can distribute food more quickly to communities in need while saving time and money on transportation and storage.

Photo: WFP/Badre Bhaji

Over a five-year pilot period, WFP established relationships with more than 1 million small-scale farmers across 20 countries and is currently working to expand to more countries around the globe.

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