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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. 

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. Among these, five cities were chosen for a more in-depth analysis of their food activities and the impact of EU funded projects for research and innovation.