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Policy Support for Public Food Procurement for Government-led Home-Grown School Food initiatives

  • Published on January 13, 2020
This FAO’s project promotes public food procurement as a catalyst to boost local agriculture, strengthen local food systems and move people out of poverty. The project has activities at global, regional (Africa) and national levels. Nationally it is implemented in Ethiopia and Senegal, supporting governments in the design and implementation of efficient and inclusive public food procurement for school feeding initiatives. It is financially supported by the Government of Italy.
The aims to foster a global framework and rationale on preferential public food procurement as a business opportunity for smallholder farmers’ participation in institutional markets, while contributing to an improved food security and meals’ diversity at schools and improved food security of smallholder farmers. This will be achieved by enhancing the technical capacity of concerned Governments to operate their current HGSF initiatives and provide additional options for decision making on supply chain and business models, operational modalities, and adapted public procurement regulatory frameworks and contractual options for an inclusive public procurement of a diversified food basket. The project will deliver three main outputs: Output 1. Policy dialogue is promoted and knowledge is produced through a benchmarking framework for data collection and analysis for facilitating the identification of key aspects of public food procurement. Output 2. Impact assessment methodology of HGSF programs is designed to be applied to different contexts, pilot tested and results used to inform national scaling-ups, and regional and global policy dialogue. A baseline for one or both countries will also be undertaken in either of the two countries. Output 3. Governments have strengthened capacity to operate their current HGSF programmes, including adapted regulatory frameworks and contractual modalities for inclusive public procurement of a diversified food basket (i.e. including dry and fresh food) to be tested in selected areas in one of the two countries.
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