Project Objective

Farm to Market Alliance propels market-based services enabling smallholder farmers to receive the appropriate information, investment and support to realize their potential. WFP is leading the support of the digitalization of critical processes to optimize and bring the initiative to scale.

Background    

The Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA, formerly known as Patient Procurement Platform) is a public-private sector led consortium of eight leading agro-businesses and institutions formed to make markets work better for smallholder farmers. FtMA employs a comprehensive value chain approach to transform existing agricultural practices through four strategic pathways, providing smallholder farmers with access to predictable markets, affordable finance, quality farming inputs and effective post-harvest handling and storage (PHHS) and other agricultural technologies.  The aim is to actively engage smallholders, increase their productivity, profitability and resilience and their strength as reliable market players. 

FtMA’s structured support encourages the early engagement of all participants across food crop value chains. Smallholder farmers enter into stable selling relationships with buyers, typically through contracts extending beyond one season, and use this stability in demand to access finance and loans used for seeds, fertilizer and machinery. This comprehensive support, combined with farmers education, is expected to increase the income of farmers, as well as food security among vulnerable populations in the region.

The Initiative

WFP is among eight entities that have committed to participate in the global consortium together with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Bayer Crop Science AG; Grow Africa: International Finance Corporation; Syngenta Crop Protection AG; Rabobank; and Yara International ASA.  Each of the global members brings specifically targeted expertise, industry experience and the asset base for working at scale in developing countries.

Since 2015, FtMA has been launched in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and most recently in Kenya. The results of the first two years validate the underlying business model of increases in yield and farmer incomes. More than 136,000 FtMA farmers have aggregated over 49,000 mt of crops for fair sale, predominantly cow peas, maize, pigeon peas, groundnuts and soya beans. Farmers crop sales have generated over US$12 million, while more than US$5 million has been approved in input and output financing. First evidence of impact indicates that a US$80 annual investment per farmer over the first two years has resulted in average 83% increase of farmers income and average yield increase by 32%.*

By 2022, FtMA aims to make markets work better for 1,500,000 farmers across ten countries.

 Since 2015, FtMA has been launched in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and most recently in Kenya. The results of the first two years validate the underlying business model of increases in yield and farmer incomes. More than 136,000 FtMA farmers have aggregated over 49,000 mt of crops for fair sale, predominantly cow peas, maize, pigeon peas, groundnuts and soya beans. Farmers crop sales have generated over USD 12 mil, while more than USD 5 mil has been approved in input and output financing. First evidence of impact indicates that a US$80 annual investment per farmer over the first two years has resulted in average 83% increase of farmers income and average yield increase by 32%.[1]

By 2022, FtMA aims to make markets work better for 1,500,000 farmers across ten countries.

 

Farm to Market Alliance website: www.farmtomarketalliance.com

 

Resources:

Farmers in Tanzania reaping the rewards with Farm to Market Alliance: https://insight.wfp.org/farmers-in-tanzania-reap-big-rewards-with-farm-to-market-alliance-d1c0ce73ffb3

Reduced food waste means increased income for farmers in Rwanda https://insight.wfp.org/reduced-food-waste-means-increased-income-for-farmers-in-rwanda-bd57fd4ac62a

 

 


[1] In Rwanda and Tanzania; extrapolated from 2015/2016 season household survey and a farmer feedback survey (May 2017) in Rwanda.

 

Contacts

Shanoo Saran
Ben Valk

Countries

Resources

International organisations signed an MoU to support a Patient Procurement Platform to shift one million farmers in 25 countries.