Urban Food Agenda

A FAO global Event to showcase the impact of COVID-19 on Urban Food Systems


On Wednesday 29 July 2020, FAO hosts the Online Event Urban Food Systems and COVID-19 – Key Results from an FAO Global Survey.

Why a Global Survey?
As part of the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda and to better understand how cities and local governments faced the challenges of food systems disruptions associated with COVID-19, FAO administered a survey questionnaire between April and May 2020. 
860 urban actors returned the completed questionnaire, 56% of which were members of local governments.

The Findings
Some key results from the analysis of the survey have been included in the Policy Brief: Cities and local governments at the forefront in building inclusive and resilient food systems - Key Results from the FAO survey “Urban Food Systems and COVID-19” and will be presented through the discussion.

The Event

The event aims at sharing the main findings and key lessons captured in the policy brief and at discussing a way forward to building inclusive and resilient urban food systems and strengthening the urban-rural linkages. 

Registration closed on 28 July 2020


Moderator: Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Senior Advisor on Food Security and Nutrition, FAO

Introduction: Mr. Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO


-          Cities and Local Governments at the forefront. Key results from the FAO Survey “Urban Food Systems and COVID-19” by Mr. Jamie Morrison, Director, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO

-          The role of Cities and local governments in the transformation of food systems, beyond COVID-19 by Mr. Julio Berdegue, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO

Panel Discussion:

  • Ms. Kate MacKenzie, Director, Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, New York City
  • Mr. Omar Ba, Mayor of Ndiob, Senegal and President of the “Réseau des villes vertes et ecologiques du Senegal”
  • Ms. Anna Scavuzzo, Vice Mayor, Milan Municipality
  • Mr. Rabindra Sri Barua, Secretary, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC)
  • Ms. Jessica Huaman, President, Municipal Council Against Hunger, Municipality of Lima, Peru
  • Mr. Carlos Eduardo Campo Cuello, Director of Territorial Intervention, Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia

Materials from the conference are available HERE

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