Sustainable public food procurement

Sustainable public food procurement aims at linking public institutions’ demand for food to local smallholder farmers and small and medium-sized food enterprises, in order to advance multiple social, economic and environmental goals. FAO's work in this area covers in particular school food and nutrition, but also other public institutions' initiatives.

FAO has developed or contributed to the development of several tools and materials on this topic:

Tools and publications

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  • Reports on Aligning public procurement rules and practices to support the implementation of home-grown school feeding in Ethiopia and Senegal.

Interventions and projects

  • Capacity development, needs assessment and technical support to integrate local smallholder farmers in public food markets and develop specific policies for small cities and towns (FMM/GLO/132/MUL)

  • Capacity development, data collection and analysis to design and assess public food procurement initiatives within the framework of the project on “Policy support for government-led home-grown school food initiatives” (GCP/GLO/775/ITA)

  • Advocacy and technical guidance on the development/review of sustainable public food procurement-related policies and regulatory frameworks (TCP/SFE/3604)
  • Capacity development, data collection and analysis to support governments in implementing home-grown school feeding programmes that provide healthy and nutritious foods for improved diets among children as well as protected market space for smallholders, and that integrate with policy frameworks for nutrition and social protection (FMM/GLO/128/MUL)