Building a Favourable Environment for Institutional Food Procurement Programmes: contributions from Mozambique
The efficiency of institutional food procurement programmes (IFPPs) depends on a series of interconnected conditions to reach their stated goal of linking smallholders with institutional markets and demand (e.g. school meals). These programmes rely on governmental will and the availability of public demand. Furthermore, they require institutional changes and the close coordination of policies and legal frameworks.
Two pilot initiatives in Mozambique—the pilot project of the national school meal programme (Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar—PRONAE) and the Purchase from Africans for Africa programme (PAA Africa)—provide good evidence regarding the effects of a lack of coherence among policy, legal and institutional frameworks on the implementation of IFPPs. They have tested and implemented different decentralized procurement models for school meals from smallholders.