Food for the cities programme

Food networks

In Medellin, relations between involved governments, universities, international organisations (FAO) and other non-governmental stakeholders were strengthened throughout the CRFS process. Various public seminars and events were organised amongst all stakeholders, while field visits to food systems projects and initiatives and media coverage in local newspapers and on local tv stations resulted in a further strengthening of horizontal network relations. Important was the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Medellin Municipality and the University of Antioquia, which resulted in strengthened actor involvement from academic research and education institutions and considerably increased the outreach to other non governmental stakeholder networks. The University of Antioquia played and will continue to play in important role in data consolidation and analysis. Also, together with public administrations, the University is instrumental in co-organising and convening open stakeholder workshops to present the results of the CRFS process and plan for future activities. 

Multi-stakeholder discussions organised in the context of the CRFS research and the Food Smart Cities for Development Project, the Utrecht Municipality, the University of Utrecht (Hub Future Food), the Economic Board, the local Rabobank, the programme Food and Health and the Province of Utrecht resulted in the creation of a regional food platform or network. This network will be a place to meet, exchange and get inspired.  Joint meetings among (social) entrepreneurs, professionals, government staff and engaged citizens will be organised 2-3 times a year. The goal will be to collectively develop a healthy, sustainable food environment in the Utrecht Region. Such networks fit the ambitions of the City of Utrecht to facilitate, inspire and help to connect different stakeholders and networks to strengthen and accelerate food initiatives that support realising common ambitions.