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Sustainable School Food Procurement in Large K–12 Districts: Prospects for Value Chain Partnerships

  • Conner, David S.
  • Izumi, Betty T.
  • Liquori, Toni
  • Hamm, Michael W.
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    Many scholars and activists are interested in the potential for school-based childhood nutrition programs to positively impact the U.S. agri-food system. This paper explores efforts of a national K–12 school food collaborative to procure more sustainably grown and healthful food products. After a review of literature on transaction cost theory and school food procurement, the paper examines the potential of strategic partnerships in a value chain framework to meet procurement change goals. Results from a qualitative study of two participating school districts suggest that partnerships can offer potential solutions to recurring procurement barriers found in previous research.

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    Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:123317
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