Urban Food Agenda

The Urban Food Agenda is an FAO flagship initiative to enhance sustainable development, food security and nutrition in urban and peri-urban areas, and nearby rural spaces. It consists of a vast range of policies, programmes and initiatives developed and implemented in partnership with different stakeholders: civil society, academia, UN & International agencies, City Networks and relevant public and private bodies and entities. 
At least 55% of the world’s population already lives in urban areas and up to 70% of all food produced globally is destined for consumption in urban spaces. Social, economic and environmental sustainability of food systems and the evolution of urban diets will be largely dependent on the management of food systems in urban and peri-urban areas. Therefore, a greater focus on the Urban Food Agenda is long overdue. 
FAO 2030 Vision for the Urban Food Agenda is an integral part of the Organization’s vision of resilient, integrated, sustainable and inclusive food systems, which ensure that all people in all places are free from hunger and all forms of malnutrition.


The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a high-level, open and inclusive platform for addressing the challenges of sustainable urbanization...

Leveraging sub-national and local government action to ensure sustainable food systems and improved nutrition.

The FAO corporate strategy behind the Agenda.
It addresses emerging calls from countries across the rural-urban continuum.


Five ways to make cities healthier and more sustainable

Urbanization, agrifood systems transformation and healthy diets across the rural–urban continuum

Urbanization is changing agrifood systems globally in ways that can only be understood through a rural–urban continuum lens. The changing pattern of population agglomerations across a rural–urban continuum and its interface as a place of exchange and socioeconomic interactions, is reshaping and being reshaped by agrifood systems, with implications for the availability and affordability of healthy diets, and in turn, for food security and nutrition.