Food for the cities programme

Data display and communication

It is important to consider the presentation and visualisation of data collected through the in-depth assessment and how these findings are communicated with policymakers.  For this purpose it is useful to rely on a communications or data visualisation expert.

Use of maps is important for spatial data representation. GIS technology can be very useful to produce the maps. Infographics, dashboards, videos and factsheets may also be used to present data in an attractive way to a wider public and to policy makers.

Insights from cities

In Medellin a short video was prepared on the results of the food flow analysis. Also a specific website was developed that visualises the amounts of food  (in tons per year) that: (1) enter the (sub)region; (2) are locally consumed; and, (3)  are sold to other subregions within or to regions outside the Medellin CRFS.  The website has been used in discussions with policymakers and stakeholders to understand the CRFS and formulate policy and action strategies. It is also an accessible means to disseminate CRFS Scan and Assessment results.

In all other project cities, facts sheets and summary briefs were used to communicate the outcomes of the assessment to all involved stakeholders. These were also used as a basis for the identification of strategies to put in place as part of the Policy support and planning phase.

Project tools and examples

Medellin CRFS data sharing platform

In Medellin, an online platform has been created to display the results of the CRFS assessment, including figures, diagrams and maps.

Videos to depict the CRFS

Videos were produced in Medellin, Quito and Utrecht to present the results of the CRFS assessment, raise stakeholders attention on a particular topic of interest, or to show and present the multistakeholders process put in place.

Posters displaying assessment results

Two posters were made in Medellin to display specific findings and analysis from the CRFS assessment.

Key Food System Data

This diagramme depicts key economic, social and environmental data for points along the food supply chain from agriculture and food production through processing, distribution and food marketing to consumption and waste management.

Medellin food flow maps

This tool visualises food flows in the city region of Medellin.

Quito's food supply system

This tool describes the approach used in Quito to map the food supply system based on the degree of self-sufficiency consumption of food for different given territories around Quito.

Agri-food processing clusters map

The ‘Agri-food processing business cluster in southern Ontario’ map an example of how to display places where processing firms group together.

Melbourne’s city region food systems: reports and infographics

Foodprint Melbourne is a research project of the Victoria Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) that investigates what grows in Melbourne’s city fringe ‘foodbowl’, the vulnerabilities in the city’s food supply and the importance of Melbourne’s foodbowl for a more resilient and sustainable food city future. A full set of project outputs (reports, briefing papers and infographics) is available.