FOOD & CITIES - The role of cities for achieving the sustainable development goals

29 January 2019

What is the role of cities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations? What can policy makers, international organisations, business and civil society organisations do to successfully transform food systems?

These questions are explored in a new report by the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) and Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). Fostering a territorial approach to food and involving multiple stakeholders is at the core of the solution. The report identifies key performance indicators to scale up and replicate the initiatives and to encourage dialogue among different stakeholders. Finally it explores the existing cities and networks, whether national, european or international, that are leading on this.

Tom Andrews of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, shares insights (p90) on UK Food Systems Transformation in a Post-Brexit World which aims for 'city-food partnerships and programmes becoming the accepted norm in the UK.' He adds that 'Such an outcome, however, will depend to some degree on what happens elsewhere. In a globalised world, ambitious UK cities want to be up there with the best international exemplars, not just with those down the road. They want to feed off the inspiration, innovation and growing sense of global common purpose being fostered by initiatives such as the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and to compete with them in raising the bar for city food transformation.

Policy recommendations of the report cover:
1. Governance
2. Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation
3. Territorial Development
4. Natural Resources Management
5. Legislation
6. Awareness-Raising, Knowledge Management, and Education
7. City-to-City Networks

Read FOOD & CITIES - The role of cities for achieving the sustainable development goals


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

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Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
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