Bangladesh Local and
Regional Procurement

Assessed the viability of using local and regional procurement for development-related food assistance.

In contrast to shipping, distributing or monetizing U.S. commodities overseas to implement food assistance programs, the LRP program studied the cost-effectiveness of purchasing and processing local commodities for school feeding programs. Funded by USDA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Land O’Lakes joined a consortium of private voluntary organizations conducting LRP projects to develop evaluation procedures, tools and best practices for such efforts.

Through this program, Land O’Lakes procured 16.3 million fortified, locally processed cereal bars consisting of 655 metric tons of nutritious, whole grains sourced from inside Bangladesh, as well as a regionally sourced vitamin premix. The program also focused on building the local capacity of processors to produce nutritious foods. Land O’Lakes empowered two companies with the skills to launch commercial versions of the cereal bars — the first ever in Bangladesh — using locally grown ingredients for local sale and consumption.