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Main constraints in developing public organic procurement

Spigarolo, Roberto; Sarti, Valerio; Bocchi, Stefano and Giorgi, Giulio (editor): Spigarolo, Roberto (Ed.) (2010) Main constraints in developing public organic procurement. International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Tjele, Denmark.

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The present study investigates how to increase and improve school catering supply chains, to understand hindering factors and their perception in order to reveal drivers and constraints for POP. These include policy implementation instruments, changed values and attitudes, healthy nutrition policies, supply chain bottle necks, premium prices (to producers), successful procurement strategies and certification procedures.
This work is based on a two-step survey concerning the Italian school food service system. Initially questionnaires were submitted to a qualified group of 50 producers and 50 caterers (managers of national and international companies of food service for school, local administrators who manage food services for the schools). The results of the questionnaires have subsequently been the basis to plan in-depth interviews with few decision makers who could represent both caterers and producers. The aim of this second step being to view how identified problems could be solved.
The results show how the understanding and the acceptance of the organic food concept among the catering staff is crucial for the degree of success in each step of public organic procurement. The introduction of organic food in serving outlets needs appropriate support (such as qualification of key actors and a specific financial support). Other key aspects in this regard are laws and regulations promoting the procurement of quality food, policy interventions tackling more than one aspect of the problem, education programs, calls for tenders, negotiated procurement contracts and quality standards.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:iPOPY, school meal system, public organic procurement, Italy
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
DOI:Core Organic Project Series Report
Related Links:http://www.agrsci.dk/ipopy
Deposited By: Spigarolo, Dr. Roberto
ID Code:17618
Deposited On:20 Sep 2010 07:31
Last Modified:20 Sep 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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