Food for the cities programme
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COVID-19 and the chance for fairer, more resilient food systems

The current crisis as a catalyst for change in cities
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Responding creatively to crises with non-traditional farming

Tunnel and vertical gardens are shortening supply chains, ensuring access to fresh food during the COVID-19 pandemic

Today, approximately 55 percent of the world's population live in urban areas, and is expected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. Rapid urbanization and climate-related shocks and stresses are impacting conventional food production and overall, food and nutrition security. Increased food prices resulting from disruptions in production and transport directly impact consumers, especially the most vulnerable groups in city regions that are highly dependent on affordable food.

By involving all stakeholders and strengthening linkages between rural and urban areas, creating climate-resilient and sustainable city region food systems is possible. All while, benefiting smallholder farmers, the urban poor and key stakeholders in food processing and distribution industries.

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