One of the cruelest ironies of hunger is its disproportionate impact on small-scale farmers—the very same people who grow food for a living. More than half of the world’s hungry are farmers in rural areas who tend fields of five acres or less. Without access to basic resources like fertilizer and farming equipment, many of these farmers are not poised to succeed.
Through its Purchase for Progress initiative, the WFP provides small-scale farmers with training and tools to grow their businesses. From improving production and reducing post-harvest loss to business skills development and expanded access to financial tools, WFP shares critical expertise to help improve the lives of families and communities.
As one of the world’s largest food buyers, WFP also sources its programs with food grown by small-scale farmers whenever possible. In fact, more than 80 percent of the agency’s food is purchased in developing countries. Buying locally also means WFP can distribute food more quickly to communities in need while saving time and money on transportation and storage. Over a five-year pilot period, WFP established links with more than 1 million small-scale farmers in 20 countries and is currently working to expand to more countries across the globe.