Food for the cities programme

Programme pillars and concepts

The resources in this section relate to the CRFS programme pillars and key concepts: 

  • Territoriality and City Regions 
  • Food systems approach  
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement and participation 
  • Key concepts: Risk and risk determinants 

Users should read the detailed explanations of each of these aspects, pillars and concepts in the CRFS Handbook [available soon] before embarking on the CRFS assessment and planning process, and refer back to them as required during the process.  

Project teams should also ensure all stakeholders are aware of and understand the programme pillars and key concepts.   

The following resources will help project teams and stakeholders to understand and apply the programme pillars and key concepts.


Explainer: the food systems approach  

An explanation of the food systems approach, including how contextual factors condition the experiences of stakeholders, processes and relationships, and how outcomes of activities and interactions in value chains contribute to contextual factors. 

Workshop activities: Building stakeholder understanding of food systems  

Three activities that can be conducted during multi-stakeholder workshops at different stages in the CRFS process, together with blank worksheets. 

Guidance: How to develop 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.     

Examples: Risk scenarios from the pilot cities  

Example risk scenarios from the CRFS project in Antananarivo, Madagascar, that demonstrate the interaction between a hazard, and the exposure, vulnerabilities and resilience capacities of people, assets, infrastructures, and ecosystems within the CRFS.  



Training unit 1: Introduction to the City Region Food Systems approach & assessment and planning process 

This training unit sets out the FAO and RUAF approach to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, and provides an overview of the CRFS assessment and planning process. 


Training unit 2: Climate and pandemic risks 

This training unit sets out the rationale for strengthening the resilience of a CRFS to the impacts of climate-related hazards (shocks and stresses) and the impacts of pandemic infection-control measures. It establishes definitions of key terms related to resilience and risk determinants.  


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.