Public Food Procurement as a Powerful Tool to Boost Territorial Food Systems

Public Food Procurement as a Powerful Tool to Boost Territorial Food Systems

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

Language: English
Format: Document

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COACH is a 3-year EU funded project focusing on collaborative agri-food initiatives anchored in territorial food systems. The project aims to facilitate collaboration between farmers, consumers, local governments and other actors to scale up short agri-food chains which rebalance farmers’ position, create win-wins for producers and consumers and drive innovation in territorial food systems. The project began on 1st November 2020.


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