Urban Food Actions Platform

Food production depends and impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity, with spillover effects going beyond food. Urban and peri-urban agriculture and food processing can contribute to improving the resilience of territories in the face of climate change, natural disasters and disrupted suppy chains. Urban food consumption can also influence where and how food is produced. 

How can you optimize agriculture production while managing ecosystem services and biodiversity and improving resilience to climate change? Numerous examples are presented, explaining how to implement sustainable urban and peri-urban food production and processing; how these can mitigate the heat island effect, prevent floods, reduce the energy needed for cooling and heating buildings, improve social inclusion, (indirectly) raise awareness on combating food waste, or contribute to better access to healthy, diversified and fresh products. Resources on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry are also available.

 

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Governance and planning, Food production and ecosystem management - Articles
This webpage lists past and forthcoming global, regional events on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry organized by a broad range of partners. Cconference papers and proceedings, agendas are available (some in English and some in Spanish).  
(Global coverage)
2020 - FAO
Governance and planning, Food production and ecosystem management, Food supply and distribution - Directories
The FLEdGE network (Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged) includes researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and community partners working together to make food systems more sustainable. On this page you will find resources and publications resulting from that collaborative, community-driven work. FLEdGE aims to create and share useful tools, stories from the field,...
Canada (North America)
2020 -
Food production and ecosystem management, Food supply and distribution - Articles
As a contribution to the World Food Day, Mazingira Institute supported by Water Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has published a photo story on the informal food operations in Nairobi in times of COVID-19. With photos, the narrative illustrates the experiences and coping mechanisms of farmers, traders, urban poor consumers, and...
Kenya (Africa)
2020 - Samuel Ikua
Governance and planning, Food production and ecosystem management, Food supply and distribution - Reports & Case Studies
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Spain (Europe)
2020 - María Carrascosa García, Daniel López García, Jorge Molero Cortés
Governance and planning, Food production and ecosystem management - Frameworks
This recorded event presents an action-oriented, High-Level conference, held on 18 September 2020, presents an integrated approach to urban and peri-urban planning aimed at: improving the quality and quantity of urban and peri-urban forest and green spaces to maximize the provision of ecosystem good and services to city dwellers; increasing the...
(Global coverage)
2020 - Coll.
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