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Food for the cities programme

At present more than 50 percent of the world’s population is living in urban areas and it is expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050. This causes an enormous challenge to conventional food production and supply. Food and nutrition security of poor urban populations is and remains at risk as a consequence of the volatility and rapid increases in food prices, natural disasters and climate change effects. This calls for global action.

Building resilient food systems for the future by integrating rural and urban areas and strengthening their linkages – with the involvement of all stakeholders – will benefit both smallholder farmers and the urban poor.

Latest publications

This 2 pages factsheet gives a brief overview on how sustainable crop production and food systems with strong rural urban linkages will be needed to achieve food security and nutrition goals by 2030.
This publication documents thirteen case studies from city regions around the world which are developing City Region Food Systems projects, programmes and policies with a special focus on the prevention, reduction and management of food waste.
In this document, FAO aims to present the objectives, activities and expected outcomes of its Food for the Cities Programme. First, it describes the context in which the project has been implemented, showing the relevance of the city region food systems approach. It then depicts the specific objectives and the 3-step methodology applied in the 5 pilot cities where FAO is providing assistance to local authorities.


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