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Leveraging institutional food procurement for rural transformation

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 1










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    Institutional food procurement programme (IFPPs) refers to initiatives that are designed to link demand for food from institutions such as school, hospitals and school feeding programmes to broader development objectives. In developing countries, IFPPs are increasingly viewed as approaches that facilitate the integration of small farmers into formal food systems. This publication shares lessons from the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Purchase for Progress pilot initiative (P4P) and Brazil’s National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) and the Public Food Procurement Programme (PAA), with insights on the policy and institutional reforms required for developing and implementing institutional food procurement programmes. In analyzing the needs and constraints of buying institutions and small suppliers, the publication also provides practical guidance on tools and capacity building priorities required to build strong institutional food procurement programmes. The analysis culmin ates in a programmatic framework to support the public sector shape and implement IFPPs.
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    Through the "Purchase from Africans for Africa" programme (PAA Africa), FAO has been providing technical support to governments for building adapted and operational public food procurement methods from smallholder farmers in the context of school feeding. The methods of public procurement fostered by PAA Africa were developed in complex contexts of food insecurity and malnutrition, presenting occasional food deficit and / or chronic food insecurity, low agricultural productivity, institutional fragility and lack of governance, with population relying on food aid to overcome food insecurity. The publication presents good practices and lessons learned along of five years of practices at different levels of support to the governments of Niger, Senegal, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Malawi.

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