Food for the cities programme

Defining the CRFS

In general, the city region is understood as a given geographical region that includes one or more urban centres and their surrounding peri-urban and rural hinterland across which flows of people, food, goods, resources and ecosystem services are happening. A CRFS encompasses all food system actors and activities taking place in the city region and over which the local/regional government have planning and intervention powers. It is understood that any city region will always be fed by multiple food sources, be it local, regional, national and international, so that city regional food system does not exist in isolation from a global food system.

A first key activity will be to conduct a participatory mapping exercise with a wide group of stakeholders to define the nature and boundaries of the local city region and the city region food system. These boundaries/concepts may be further refined over the course of the process, when more data become available and when territorial intervention strategies are being designed. A second key activity involves stakeholder mapping to (further) identify and map the key stakeholders that are directly or indirectly involved in the CRFS.

Key outputs of the "Defining the CRFS" phase:

  • Local narrative of the CRFS
  • First map of the city region and CRFS
  • First stakeholder maps