P4P Purchase for Progress Central America, December 2012/January 2013

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Jan 2013

Talk of the Month: P4P Partnerships

An assessment conducted at the beginning of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) Initiative in Central America –El Salvador, Gua- temala, Honduras and Nicaragua- indicated that smallholders could not access markets and generate enough income from agricultural production due to a number of factors:

  • They produced limited quantity and quality due to bad agricultural practices and soil erosion;
  • Low yields reduced their negotiation power with market intermediaries and impeded them to sell their production at a competitive price;
  • They could not assume high production and commercialization costs due to lack access to credit to buy inputs and equip- ment necessary to place quality products on the market