Food for the cities programme

CRFS Assessment

The CRFS Scan was guided by a set of key questions that aimed to ensure an integrated and comprehensive perspective on different components and sustainability dimensions of the CRFS. The main sources of available data in this first phase consisted of secondary information, case study descriptions and stakeholder and key informant consultation through interviews and/or focus groups.

In each of the project partner cities, the CRFS Scan illustrated clear data gaps, such as a general lack of data on food security, food waste and losses and food flows and logistics. On the basis of these data gaps and of identified policy priorities, key areas for more in-depth assessment were defined. This was followed by new and/or additional data collection and research in each city, for example on food waste (Colombo), climate vulnerability (Quito), food flows (Medellín), quantification of food consumption/demand or food logistics/food hubs (Toronto). The CRFS assessment may also involve the re-interpretation of secondary data based on new questions. 

The CRFS in-depth assessment can be guided by a CRFS indicator framework designed by RUAF and FAO. The indicator framework connects policy priorities to outcomes that cities may want to see in the future and defines possible indicators for each outcome. The indicators provided can also be used to establish a baseline from which to measure targets and impacts of strategies that are included in a policy strategy or action plan.

Stakeholder consultation and engagement are a key element of the CRFS Assessment. They are not only used to collect further information on the key CRFS data gaps and priority issues from different stakeholders,  but also to continue to engage stakeholders in preparation of further policy support and planning processes.  Well-designed data display will be crucial to share results of the assessment phase and prepare such policy and strategy design.

Key outputs of the "CRFS Assessment" phase:

  • Detailed report and visual information on the CRFS: Results can be shared with key stakeholders and policy makers in a consultative workshop. 
  • Multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement throughout the in-depth assessment will have contributed to a broader awareness of CRFS performance and to a shared agreement on the need for further interventions.