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Urban Food Actions Platform

Areas of focus


Governance and planning


Sustainable diets and nutrition


Social and economic equity


Food production and eco-system management


Food supply and distribution


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

The State of Food and Agriculture 2017

The 2017 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) looks at how population growth, increasing urbanization, technologies, and climate change are transforming rural and urban areas, and how the world’s food systems are evolving. The report concludes that fulfilling the 2030 Agenda depends crucially on progress in rural areas, which is where most of the poor and hungry live today, and outlines a strategy for how agriculture and rural economies in developing countries can provide prosperity. 

Urban Food Policies. Proceedings of the international meeting on experiences in Africa, Latin America and Asia

Over the last few decades, local governments have become increasingly powerful political actors. The disengagement of States, food crises and the concentration of people in cities - exacerbating the current food system's harmful effects on sustainable development - have led cities to develop their own food policies. While these issues are not new, there has up to now been little discussion of the perspective of local authorities in urban areas and how they can help address the issues, especially in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The response of the UNESCO Chair on World Food Systems of Montpellier SupAgro and CIRAD was to organize the international Urban Food Policies meeting, held in Montpellier, France.