Food for the cities programme

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultations were organised in all project cities. In Utrecht for example, these took the form of a series of five stakeholder workshops with each workshop dealing with the five selected key aspects (or priority issues) of relevance for the Utrecht CRFS:

  1. Fair trade and local food in catering,
  2. Social entrepreneurship in urban farming,
  3. Food waste,
  4. Logistic and market issues on regional food, and
  5. Food policies and food councils as governance mechanisms.

Participatory methodologies like a “diner pensant” were used to facilitate exchanges and discussions in an informal and creative setting. A similar approach was used later in Medellín.

In Kitwe and Lusaka key informant interviews were conducted to complement information obtained through questionnaires and focus groups. These tools were used as no sufficient resources or time were available for extensive  quantitative data collection. Interviews were conducted in Kitwe with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, farmer organisations, the Chamber of Commerce, Central Statistics Office, city and district councils amongst others.  In Colombo, interviews were held with supply chain actors and employees.

Medellin "diner pensant"

Project tools and examples

Focus group discussions

A focus group discussion (FGD) is qualitative data collection tool. It was used in Kitwe and Lusaka (Zambia), to identify local priorities and collect data on food production and consumption patterns.

Key informant interviews

This tool helps to obtain non-statistically significant data on a particular topic/component of the food system without conducting a comprehensive quantitative data collection study.

Stakeholder Engagement “Diner Pensant”

This tool allows for stakeholder engagement and discussions facilitated in an informal dinner setting. It provides the Terms of Reference for the event. This tool was used in Medellin and Utrecht.