Food for the cities programme

Training the team

Depending on available expertise and prior experience in CRFS assessment and planning, the CRFS project team and Task Force will need training to carry out the different tasks and stages involved in the CRFS assessment and planning process.  At the start of the process, training could involve the following topics:

  1. How to define and understand a city region and city region food system;
  2. Why implement a CRFS assessment and planning process; 
  3. What are the steps involved in CRFS process and what tools can be used;  and, 
  4. How to engage in a multi-stakeholder dialogue in different phases of the process.

Specific additional training needs (for example, in statistical analysis of data, in policy lobbying and advocacy, in stakeholder mapping or visioning) need to be identified, to inform further training design. This  training can benefit from a wide array of available training resources on topics such as: urban agriculture, multi-stakeholder processes, data gathering and report writing, work planning, government engagement, and planning and organising focus groups developed by RUAF, FAO and other organisations. Some of these training resources are listed here below.

Training resources

The RUAF Foundation developed, in cooperation with other organisations, several distance learning courses on urban agriculture and urban food security.  More information can be found here. The courses include training on urban agriculture, gender analysis, participatory rapid appraisal techniques, stakeholder mapping and engagement,  policy lobbying and advocacy strategies, and policy formulation.

FAO within the ‘Sustainable food value chains’ platform developed a whole set of training materials, some of which may be relevant for this work. The platform also includes external training material that can be accessed through a search engine. Access it here.