FAO presents eight case studies on “Institutional Procurement Programmes”


The Rural-Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division at FAO, in collaboration with WFP conducted a serie of eight case studies on institutional procurement programmes with the P4P initiative as an entry point.The development of initiatives based on the so-called Institutional procurement programmes (IPPs) has been being successfully used at FAO for many years, despite this term being relatively unknown by the general public. The use of the IPPs strategy has the potential to offer longer term access to formal markets for small scale family farmers, with the guaranteed demand from “institutional” buyers like schools, food reserves, hospitals and food aid organizations.

The programmes are developed in partnership with the local or national governments, offering to them the opportunity to link public investments in food access to development goals that include: improving food and nutrition security for vulnerable groups; integrating small scale family farmers into markets; increasing production; and improving food standards and quality.

The Rural-Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) at FAO, in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted a series of case studies on institutional procurement programmes with the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative as an entry point.

The objective of the case studies is to improve the understanding of the role of the P4P initiative and other IPP models such as national school feeding programmes and food reserves, within the overall framework of inclusive food systems. The cases include assessments of the sustainability of these models, main challenges and policy recommendations for scaling-up and replication. Moreover, the case studies exemplify the importance of adapting these initiatives to each country according to its own reality and possibilities, in a learning process approach. The series of case studies covers: Brazil, Ghana, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania. The analysis is based on a number of scoping missions that took place between October 2012 and February 2013 and secondary information collected afterwards.

Regarding the Brazilian experience, the case study illustrates two IPPs: PAA (Food Acquisition Programme) and PNAE (National School Feeding Programme). These FAO studies provides valuable lessons and comparative elements for a better understanding of IPPs.

Together, these case studies constitute background papers for AGS forthcoming publication comparing P4P across countries with both Brazilian programmes, identifying lessons learned and offering policy guidance for upscaling and adapted replication.

To see in details each one of the case studies, click here.


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