A cross-cutting project for integrating food into the urban agenda
Urban areas are constantly growing and diversifying, so is demand for food products and food-related services. People living in urban areas, close to – or below – poverty levels, whose absolute numbers are also growing, need to access affordable, healthy and nutritious food.
There is a lack of appropriate and technically sound policies, strategies and action/investment plans for increasing the efficiency and dynamism of (in)formal food-related operations, reduce costs and prices of food products and services, diversify their variety and improve their quality and safety; promote appropriate “public” infrastructure, facilities and services through public-private partnerships; and strengthen the inclusiveness, sustainability and resilience of food systems operations. All these tasks fall mostly upon local government authorities at municipal, provincial, metropolitan and district/regional levels whose responsibilities in these fields have been rapidly growing during the last decade.
The project goals are:
gather existing knowledge through the promotion of meaningful partnerships with external institutions and civil society organizations at international, regional and national levels as well as with other UN Agencies;
raise awareness at international, regional and national levels, mainly using products from partnerships;
develop innovative methodological approaches to the study of complex food systems meeting urban food needs;
assist local government authorities in designing policies and intervention programs at municipal, provincial and district/regional levels, through external funding.
Fruit and vegetable market at Kota Bharu @FAO/T.Janssen