Open Meeting of the Procurement for Development Forum
Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of State for International Development, DFID
The Procurement for Development Forum brings together food business leaders to discuss ways that purchasing practices can help development in African countries. It provides a neutral space where retailers, manufacturers and specialist importers can identify ways that their purchasing practices can do more to encourage sustainable development in the developing world, and develop business models that bring more benefits for the poor. The Forum has focused on how supply chains for food products - from cocoa to fresh vegetables - can bring more benefits to the developing world, especially in Africa.
The Forum is coming to the end of its first year. This public meeting, which will be opened by Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of State for International Development, will discuss the various perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of pro-poor procurement, with special reference to the UK's food supply chain.