Food for the cities programme

Engaging with stakeholders

The CRFS assessment and planning process seeks to specifically foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue process to support local/city regional governments and other important stakeholders in the food system to make informed decisions and commitments on food planning and to prioritise investments. Coordination and collaboration between stakeholders will allow easier identification of and access to available data and information and enhance efficiency of (and funding for) proposed policies, action plans and projects by building on a diversity of institutional expertise and resources. In this context, the CRFS process gives great importance to balancing a consultative-participative process with information and data collection.

The multi-stakeholder dialogue is seen as a crucial element in the process, by which decision makers and organisational representatives have the opportunity to guide its implementation and discuss its findings and implications for local strategies. The success of such dialogue will be measured in terms of whether wider policy and institutional engagement facilitate the easier identification of and access to available data and information, as well as interest and decisions that favour and result in wider adoption of measures to improve the CRFS.

A local multi-stakeholder dialogue process should be designed for each of the CRFS steps aiming at ensuring local knowledge inputs, ownership and validation of assessment and planning, as well as to facilitate the uptake of assessment results  into local policies, plans and institutional programmes. Considerations must be made with regards to how and when to engage different stakeholders in different stages of the process.

Insights from cities

Different approaches were taken for the setup of a multi-stakeholder Task Force and involvement of public institutions and of non-state (civil society and non-state) actors in different stages in the research and policy processes. In Toronto and Utrecht it was relatively easy to involve relevant stakeholders in a multi-stakeholder taskforce by building on existing networks and projects. Other cities, like Colombo Municipal Council,  indicated that they preferred a stepwise approach to gradually expand stakeholder engagement throughout the project, considering the need for more basic information on the CRFS as to be collected in the CRFS Scan. In cities where the city and regional administration have different and opposed political interests also a more gradual, stepwise and strategic approach to create territorial linkages and integration across different jurisdictional levels of governments may need to be followed.

Project tools and examples

CRFS Stakeholder Mapping and Analysis

This tool provides guidelines for CRFS stakeholder mapping and analysis.