Food for the cities programme

Identifying entry points

Depending on the local context, the policy and institutional dynamics and interests, other ongoing research and policy initiatives that a CRFS assessment could connect to or build on, and the availability of existing data and information, a city region needs to determine its own entry point to the CRFS process.

Insights from cities

Kitwe and Lusaka (Zambia) for example followed a sequential approach, starting from a rapid CRFS scan to in-depth assessment to policy information and formulation. In these cities, no consolidated and comprehensive information on the CRFS was available and lack of/limited initial policy interest required a more extensive assessment that could serve as a tool for further awareness raising and stakeholder engagement.

In other cities, the CRFS process could build on ongoing policy (Medellín, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador and Toronto, Canada) or stakeholder engagement (Utrecht, The Netherlands) programmes, and this is the reason why Quito could follow up on the CRFS Scan to enter directly the process from the point of ‘Policy Support and Planning’.

Project tools and examples

Entry points into a CRFS assessment and planning process

This tool describes the various entry points and the overall CRFS assessment and planning steps followed in different city regions.