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Power of the public plate issues recommendations for procurers and policy makers

  • Published on January 28, 2022

How can public procurement positively influence the entire food value chain? ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the UN One Planet Network have developed a set of recommendations for procurers and policy makers – available now.

How can public procurement positively influence the entire food value chain? ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the UN One Planet Network have developed a set of recommendations for procurers and policy makers – available now.

These recommendations build on a global analysis as well as the podcast series ‘Power of the Public Plate, which features public procurers from 8 different countries to explore how public procurement can positively influence the food value chain.

ICLEI and One Planet Network have made a distinction between cross-cutting recommendations focusing more on the organisation of the procurement process, and specific recommendations, focusing more on the aims of the procurement. The cross-cutting recommendations encourage procurers to adopt system thinking and strategic linking and to establish multi-level governance arrangements. They can do this for example by using food procurement as a lever to localise Sustainable Development Goals, or exploring the links and synergies between different government levels.

The specific recommendations include:

  • Source locally through fresh and seasonal food items
  • Support a healthy and nutritious diet
  • Enable fair employment conditions
  • Increase the share of plant-rich food and support animal welfare
  • Support smallholder farmers
  • Source organic produce
  • Reduce waste from food and packaging

For each of these recommendations, ICLEI and One Planet Network describe potential actions procurers can take and provide examples of their impact on the value chain. The two organisations believe that there is great potential for procurers to improve food systems, noting that their decisions can affect both consumption and production practices.

The recommendations can be found here.

To learn more about the Power of the Public Plate podcast, click here. And access the analysis here.

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