Food for the cities programme

Drawing up an initial vision

Participatory visioning is the process of developing and articulating:  

  • the shared CRFS vision that captures the types of changes or new elements in the CRFS that they want to see in place in the future. It expresses: the direction in which the stakeholders want to take the food system, and why; and what success will look like in the future (5+ years).   
  • a brief and inspiring summary vision statement that summarises that vision, agreed by all stakeholders. 

The visioning process helps build consensus within the core team and multi-stakeholder SAG regarding the overall project goal (i.e. reduced vulnerability of CRFS to climate shocks and stresses and increased resilience).  It brings together a range of different perspectives and provides a more holistic or rounded picture of how a better future might look. It also begins to capture ideas for action and a sense of what might be the priorities. 


The following tools will help project teams conduct participatory visioning: 

Guidance: Developing a vision and summary vision statement 

An explanation of what visioning is, why it is needed, and who should participate, example visions and vision statements, and detailed guidance on the visioning process.    


Training unit 3: Participatory multi-stakeholder processes 

This training unit: explains what is meant by participatory multi-stakeholder approach of the CRFS programme; establishes who is involved and the rationale for it; instructs project teams on how to identify, engage, and enable involvement of stakeholders.