Food for the cities programme
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Greener cities, resilient food systems

Can COVID-19 be the catalyst needed to transform urban food systems?
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FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition

Turning the recovery from COVID-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all

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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