Food Coalition

Modernization of wholesale markets and building back better food supply systems

Wholesale markets have played a key role in the processes of improving access and availability of healthy food, however, there are still many challenges in terms of management, marketing and sustainability. In the Region it is estimated that there are approximately 294 wholesale markets, which have different sizes and forms of organization. These constitute important economic units in terms of job creation, direct and indirect, that directly contribute to rural and urban development, also playing a significant role in the economy and in the daily life of cities.

By bringing together a large number of producers and commercial agents, wholesale markets can become privileged spaces for the implementation of public policies, specifically those related to rural development, inclusive marketing and food security, creating a place of learning and development for the commercialization of healthy, diverse and culturally important products for the diet of the population.

Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO and the Latin American Federation of Supply Markets (FLAMA), a regional strategy has been established to modernize and improve the management of wholesale markets to in this way ensure the food supply of the entire population.

Priority Areas of work: Food Systems Transformation
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Level: Regional
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Country: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay
Budget: USD 20 million


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