Procurement Working Group
Where local businesses and institutions choose to spend their money can have a big impact on the ability of local food producers to thrive.
Procurement is the process of buying goods and services. It can be an extremely powerful tool for increasing the environmental and social sustainability of food supply, and forsupporting a resilient local food economy.
The Food Economy and Procurement working group looks to embed sustainable procurement practices within local businesses and institutions, including the council, hospitals, schools and universities.
This group currently meets every two months
This group’s two year priorities:
Develop a cross-sector procurement forum
- Seek funding for procurement coordination time to establish a local cross-sector procurement forum.
- Work with the Urban Agriculture Consortium and public sector institutions to prepare for the regional roll-out of Dynamic Food Procurement in 2023.
- Develop case studies that highlight good practice around regenerative food procurement – feeding into FoodFutures magazine, food columns, blogs, videos and an annual campaign.
- Research to better understand the barriers and opportunities for local and sustainable food procurement in local institutions. Read our: Procuring Food for the Future report.