Federación Latinoamericana de Mercados de Abastecimiento (FLAMA)

Objective(s) of the engagement

This partnership aims to strengthen management models of wholesale markets in the Latin American region by developing and disseminating good practices in the areas of inclusive trade and reduction of food loss and waste. FLAMA and FAO will work together to achieve food and nutrition security and promote sustainable production of agricultural goods, services and social supply systems for Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

Thematic area of partnership
Production, Nutrition
Latin America and the Caribbean, Global or Regional, Brazil
Engagement Mechanisms
Knowledge and research, Advocacy and communication, Data sharing and dissemination
Progress to date
  • Joint strategy to monitor and advertise the activities of regional wholesale markets and supply centers during this period of crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic developed in 2020
  • A community of practice was formed at the regional level to promote dialogue and exchange of experiences and good practices, convening participants from 15 countries in the region and more than 40 wholesale markets.
  • FAO and FLAMA have jointly published  since 2020 a series of bulletins on "Wholesale markets: Action against COVID-19" providing policy and practical recommendations and guidance for actions targeting wholesale market actors facing COVID-19
  • Joint publication on the situation of the wholesale markets in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Promotion of strategies which aim to improve operational management (including increased efficiency in management of water, waste and electricity) and greater inclusion of family farmers
  • In 2021, a circular economy survey was developed with the participation of 12 wholesale markets from eight countries, to identify sustainable solutions to the management of food waste.

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