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Urban food policies. Proceedings of the international meeting on experiences in Africa, Latin America and Asia (Nov. 2015).

Author: Julie Debru, Sylvie Albert, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré

In recent decades, owing to the impact of both globalization and decentralization, the governments of cities and urban areas have become increasingly powerful political actors. Since the 1990s they have mobilized to implement environmental policies that reflect a greater level of commitment than their national governments’ (Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, the Aalborg Commitments, etc.). As a result, alliances have emerged that enable them to have a joint impact on national and international policies (Metropolis, UCLG, ICLEI, ORU Fogar, etc.). The food system, previously driven primarily by national and international policies, has since the agricultural price crisis of 2008 also emerged as a local policy issue. This is reflected in recent statements by city collectives advocating the implementation of local policies to promote a more sustainable food system (2013 Bonn Declaration of Mayors; 2015 ICLEI Seoul Declaration; 2015 Milan Urban Food Policy Pact). In that way, urban governments are seeking to address the sustainability challenges generated by the dominant industrial food system and exacerbated by growing urbanization, which amplifies distancing and concentration phenomena. Chapters 1. Markets and logistics 2. Public and out-of-home catering services 3. New types of relation between urban and rural areas

Organization: Academia/ University
Region: Global coverage