This policy brief provides recommendations on how to achieve these objectives with a focus on three key areas: 1. How to link small-scale farmers with the public plate; 2. School meals as a powerful tool to address social equity (all school children and young people), health (tackling fast-growing child obesity) and education (food culture linked to territory); 3. Enhancing multi-level food governance through national networks of procurers. EU policymakers have the possibility to implement several actions to build a more inclusive Sustainable Public Sector Food Procurement (SPSFP) and to enable public canteens to be a catalyst of food system transformation. The recommendations identified in this policy brief have the potential to boost a transition toward a more sustainable and inclusive food system, building resilient city food regions.
Peter Defranceschi, Head Global Food Program, ICLEI; Francesca D’Addario, Sustainable Food Systems officer, ICLEI