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Urban Food Actions Platform

Areas of focus

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Governance and planning

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Sustainable diets and nutrition

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Social and economic equity

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Food production and eco-system management

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Food supply and distribution

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Food loss and waste

Urbanization will shape the 21st century: by 2050, two-thirds of the global population will most probably live in cities. This poses opportunities and challenges for ensuring urban and rural people have access to both safe and nutritious food. Food systems will have to adjust and become more sustainable.

Many cities world-wide are now addressing food and nutrition as a critical sustainability issue. Actions are being pioneered by local and regional governments through multi-stakeholder partnerships. This platform offers a dynamic and searchable space, showcasing policies, practices and food initiatives from cities and their partners worldwide. It invites a broad range of urban actors to contribute, by providing a place to document, share and scale up action through joining forces.

Recent publications

Our world is urbanizing. Is food on your agenda?

Today, cities are growing exponentially, changing our world beyond recognition. If well managed, urbanization can provide plenty of opportunities for urban and rural dwellers: provide jobs, improve livelihoods, reduce inequality and decrease vulnerability to climate shocks. Well planned cities can also increase food security and counteract all forms of malnutrition.

Food in Cities: study on innovation for a sustainable and healthy production, delivery, and consumption of food in cities

This study aims to provide an overview of the food innovation dynamics in cities, in addition to providing evidence on the role and impact of European funded projects for research and innovation (R&I) in cities. Its findings are based on input provided by the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) signatory cities and EUROCITIES members through an open survey, interviews, desk research and focus group meetings. More than 40 cities from Europe and nine cities from across the Globe participated in the survey.

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