P4P in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), P4P focuses on reviving agricultural commodity markets damaged by years of mismanagement, disruption and armed conflict. P4P works in two regions: Kabalo and Bikoro, where smallholders are organized into farmers’ organizations (FOs) and then grouped under larger unions. The initiative has rehabilitated and expanded transportation infrastructure in order to connect farmers to traders, and is establishing marketing infrastructure in rural areas to facilitate the bulking of commodities and the addition of value to crops. Partners such as FAO and Oxfam are strengthening the capacity of FOs to aggregate and market commodities, facilitating their access to seeds and tools, and providing technical assistance. In DRC, one of the main characteristics of P4P is to re-establish trader networks and link FOs to sustainable markets, with WFP acting as an assured buyer primarily if there are surpluses left unsold after the trading season.