Patient Procurement Platform

Posted in Coordination of value chains, Farmer incomes, Multi-country, Multiple crops.


General Information

Crop: Maize and other crops

Country: Global

Active countries: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia

Initiated in 2015

The Patient Procurement Platform (PPP) was initiated in 2015 by the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with Grow Africa and Rabobank. It aims to create efficient value chains to enhance farmers’ income. It aspires to reach 25 countries globally, and currently operates in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia, with the focus crop differing for each nation.

Members: International fertilizer and agribusiness companies (Bayer, Syngenta, Yara International), international organizations (AGRA, International Finance Corporation, Rabobank, GrowAfrica), international donors (WFP being the main one), and local members of the value chain.



Increased food security and lack of access to markets.

The platform aims to tackle the lack of food security for family farmers, as well as their lack of access to reliable markets. Through the PPP, there is an assurance of markets for farmers from the WFP, which ensures that the WFP sources its food from local farmers, contributing to the global goal of zero hunger.


Intentions and aspiration

Ensure access to markets for smallholders.

The PPP intends to ensure small-holder farmer access to reliable markets, linking them with an effective value chain and establishing a stable demand-driven purchase system, thus increasing farmers’ income. The platform builds on WFP’s previous work through Purchase for Progress (P4P), which helps small-scale farmers to be included within the existing value chain.


Arrangements and capacitities



Activities and outputs

The platform offers farmers access to quality seeds and other inputs, as well as insurance, financing, and a predictable market. It helps farmers conclude contracts with buyers prior to planting their crops. This assurance of a market for their produce can then help farmers obtain bank loans or other financial services, which they can then use to buy better seeds, fertilizer, and other agricultural inputs, so as to plant more and sell more after harvest. This encourages farmers to become more resilient through greater advance planning and assured sales.


Monitoring and evaluation



Posted in Coordination of value chains, Farmer incomes, Multi-country, Multiple crops.