Work package leader: The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)
WP6 will investigate how different public sector food procurement policies may impact on nutrition, food supply chains and local economies, with specific focus on the provision of primary school meals in five countries (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Greece and UK). Three Tasks will be undertaken:
6.1. Understanding contracting processes for public procurement.
This Task will collate evidence of how institutions make arrangements for public procurement contracts, with the aim of categorising different types of arrangement and how these are shaped by, or reflect, policies on sustainability.
6.2. Evaluating the impact of public sector food procurement strategies on the nutritive value of school meals utilising food composition analysis.
This Task will evaluate the nutritive value of daily menus at selected school canteens, using national food composition data supplemented by the FoodExplorer by EuroFIR national food composition database.
6.3. Evaluating the impact of public sector food procurement strategies on the social, environmental and economic sustainability of rural territories.
Using a case study approach, this Task will evaluate the impacts of a mix of public procurement models for school meals, from ‘lowest price’ (where cost to the tendering institution is the main driver), to ‘local/short chain organic’ (where institutions procure food which is both locally sourced and organic).