Urban food systems and COVID-19: The role of cities and local governments in responding to the COVID-19 emergency.
Cities, with their high population density, are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and many cities in developing countries do not have adequate capacity to address the disruptions caused by the response to the health emergency. The risk is particularly high for the 1.2 billion people living in the congested and overcrowded informal urban settlements where conditions are already unsafe and unhealthy for human living. The very poor and those living in slums have extremely limited access to essential health and sanitation facilities, nutritious food and adequate infrastructures such as piped clean water and electricity. The spread of the virus...
What can we do with more time? Introducing a plant-derived coating to extend the shelf-life of fresh fruits and vegetables
In this webinar, Dr. Jessica Vieira presents a new innovation introduced by Apeel Sciences (California, USA). This plant-derived solution doubles to triples the shelf life of many types of fresh produce. It can reduce reliance on refrigeration, plastic packaging, certain post-harvest fungicides, and controlled atmosphere throughout the supply chain. Made of materials found in every bite of fruit, Apeel creates an invisible, edible “peel” on the outside of produce that slows the rate of water loss and oxidation, the primary causes of spoilage. Many types of Apeel produce stay fresh two to three times longer, which can reduce food loss...
The Seminar held by Ms. Barbara Emanuel, Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy, presents a case-study from the city of Toronto, which leveraged on climate change action and a Food Systems approach to improving life of its communities.
Many city mayors have committed to developing sustainable and resilient food systems, to accord nutritious and accessible food to all, protect biodiversity and fight against food waste. With these objectives, 199 cities signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), which sets 6 workstreams and 37 recommended actions. The purpose of the Monitoring Framework is to serve as an instrument for cities and urban food stakeholders to identify food-related policy and programme priorities. The Framework also serves to illustrate to what extent “desired changes” are happening and/or how impactful such changes are. Thus, 44 indicators are defined and provide a monitoring...
FAO framework for the Urban Food Agenda
The FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda serves as a corporate strategy to address emerging calls from countries, responding to demands for a multi-sectorial, multi-stakeholder and multi-level approach to food insecurity and malnutrition across the rural-urban continuum.
This publication on SIDS highlights the current challenges, opportunities and FAO examples in action to catalyse change, including activities to help implement the Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS.
Integrating food into urban planning
While urbanisation worldwide sets up unprecedented challenges for feeding cities with accessible, afordable food and healthy diets, urban food security and food systems are receiving growing attention at an international level and in a growing number of cities of all sizes.
This presentation of the publication Integrating food into Urban planning shines a light on how best to integrate food systems into urban planning, if cities are to ensure food security for all, improve nutrition and management of natural resources.
The analysis of gender-based constraints provides critical information and entry points for the identification of efficient and culturally acceptable solutions to food loss.
The publication complements the FAO Guiding Framework on gender-sensitive value chain development by providing practical tools and examples of successful approaches to address the gender-based constraints that affect agrifood value chains.