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Local procurement from family farming for the school feeding programme

This guideline outlines the step-by-step implementation of direct purchases from family farming for school feeding, considering the pilot implementation of the sustainable schools model in Belize within the framework of Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO programme. The document presents the benefits and challenges of the connection between school feeding and family farming; a brief context of food and nutrition policies and programs, public procurement mechanisms, agriculture and family farming status, and the school feeding initiatives in Belize; as well asgeneral recommendations for the adequate design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of procurement from local family farming for the school feeding program component.