Local public purchases

Local public food purchases have been used by many countries as a territorial development strategy that simultaneously contributes to poverty reduction, Food and Nutritional Security, and the socioeconomic inclusion of family farmers.

In particular, public food purchases can provide an accessible marketing channel and source of income for family farming, enabling them not only to invest in production and productivity, but to improve their livelihoods and boost local economies [1]

[1] FAO (2019) Public food purchases. Policy Guidance Note No. 11. Strengthen sectoral policies to improve food security and nutrition outcomes.

Short marketing circuits:

Marketing remains one of the main challenges for family farming. It is crucial to have innovative market solutions based on locally available resources and integrated into the social context of each area to promote new and renewed services and goods, and the revaluation of traditional products and products with specific quality labels [ 1].

For this reason, short marketing circuits emerge as alternatives that integrate producers and consumers, reduce intermediation and food losses and waste, promote a fairer distribution of value in the supply chain and reduce the footprint of carbon [2].

[1]. FAO and IFAD. 2019. UNITED NATIONS DECADE FOR FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028. Global action plan. Rome.

[2] ECLAC and FAO. 2014. Family farming and short circuits: New production, marketing and nutrition schemes. Memory of the seminar on short circuits held on September 2 and 3, 2013.

Sowing products
differentiated market capabilities


Accompaniment strategy for territorial entities for local public purchases from Peasant, Family and Community Agriculture (ACFC)

Recommendations for the strengthening of short marketing circuits in the context of family farming in Colombia


Family farming and Short Marketing Circuits: organizational experiences in Colombia and Brazil


Sowing Capacities Project

ABC of the Local Public Procurement Law


Workshop: Biosafety protocols and recommendations for short marketing circuits

Sustainable gastronomy: experiences in Colombia and Brazil

Socialization of results: short marketing circuits

Socialization of results: territorial recommendations for public purchases

Associativity and cooperativism for family farming: experiences from Brazil and Colombia

Territorial recommendations for public purchases from Family Farming

Public purchases from family farming as a territorial development strategy

Family farming and short circuits seminar. Organizational experiences in Brazil and Colombia


Webinar promoted the exchange of experiences on sustainable gastronomy in Colombia and Brazil

Cartilla presents recommendations to strengthen instruments for family farming and short marketing circuits in Colombia

Sowing Capacities promotes the strengthening of local public procurement strategies

The Sembrando Capacities project presented territorial recommendations for public purchases from family farming in Colombia

Colombia y Brasil intercambian experiencias en materia de asociatividad y cooperativismo en la agricultura familiar

Organizations of the Peasant, Family and Community Agriculture of Colombia receive biosecurity and commercialization kits

Virtual workshop presented ongoing initiatives of biosafety protocols in short marketing circuits

Virtual seminar highlights the importance of public purchases to boost local economies and generate income for family farming

Sowing Capacities promoted a virtual workshop to discuss the associative capacities of peasant organizations and family farming

Colombian organizations strengthened capacities in a workshop on market access in short marketing circuits

Brazil and Colombia exchanged knowledge on public purchases from family farming

Public purchases from family farming in Colombia and Brazil is the subject of a virtual seminar

Short marketing circuits: a strategy to bring the countryside and the city closer together and strengthen organized family farming

Short marketing circuits in family farming is the subject of a virtual seminar