Food for the cities programme

Capacity development

The CRFS process has from the start engaged policy and institutional stakeholders in all of its steps and activities. Capacity building efforts were part and parcel of the process and targeted by each CRFS project team, the CRFS Task Force as well as wider stakeholder groups involved. For example, in Colombo, a specific capacity and needs assessment of various stakeholders was done to identify training needs and guide training design.  As part of a new programme, further capacity building of specific stakeholders is foreseen, including the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development , the Urban Development Authority, the National Physical Planning Department and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation Development Corporation to better integrate food in urban and city regional planning. In addition, and in order to ensure the availability of required expertise in planning for food systems in urban development in the future, the new project will also provide technical support to educators and institutions to integrate food systems in urban planning curricula.

This toolkit seeks to be a key online resource to support this and other processes in any city region interested in enhancing the sustainability and resilience of its own food system. 

Insight from cities

Capacity and needs assessment

The efficiency of the Colombo city region food supply system is influenced by stakeholder capacity, and requires building different types of capacities in multiple interlinked sectors. Assessing capacity needs and context --a key step towards improving capacity to build a resilient food system--was conducted through a tri-phase approach: point of entry, core areas of focus, and technical and functional capacities. Four priority areas were identified as part of the CRFS Assessment and formed the basis for addressing core issues.