Urban food systems
Two thirds of the global population will be living in cities by 2050. As cities grow, urban food demand has a huge impact on rural areas and agricultural supply chains. While urbanization presents opportunities for rural producers, many — especially smallholders in less developed countries — lack the resilience, resources, knowledge and infrastructure to access new markets. Building sustainable food systems will be increasingly dependent on actions taken at the city level to address these challenges and ensure access to decent food, mitigate climate change and combat obesity.
In 2017, IPES-Food released a series of case studies of urban food policies, exploring how ambitious urban food transitions have evolved and gained the support of policymakers. IPES-Food continues to explore the role of cities in the food systems of the future.
Urban food policies and their role in sustainable food systems
Event Summary for IPES-Food side event at CFS 43 co-organized with IPES-Food, UNESCO Chair on World Food Systems (Montpellier), Ivory Coast, FAO, IUFN. This side event explored governance and implementation of sub-national food policies. It identified how national and international framing can support local level policy, magnify the effects, and assure its longevity.
What makes urban food policy happen? Ingredients for change
Former IPES-Food panel member, Professor Corinna Hawkes and Dr Jess Halliday, consultant and researcher present strategies to implement urban food policies during the Food 2030 workshop "Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs".
What Makes Urban Food Policy Happen? An Interview with Corinna Hawkes
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
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