Head of FAO calls for cities to set up partnerships to respond to hunger and malnutrition

20 October 2017

Speaking at the third meeting of mayors of cities of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in Valencia on the 20th of October, José Graziano da Silva, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all.

He told an assembly of mayors and representatives from more than 150 cities that "high levels of creativity can be achieved if partnerships are forged with local actors, civil society, private sector and academic and producer organizations" and added that “FAO supports local governments in their food systems assessments, in the development of urban food strategies and plans, and in the definition of their investment priorities to strengthen linkages with rural areas".

The Director General of the UN FAO highlighted the need for aligning efforts with the New Urban Agenda, adopted last October, by world leaders as the new global standard for sustainable urban development.

“The New Agenda makes a concrete call for better urban and territorial planning with a view to ending hunger and malnutrition,” adding that it also urges for greater coordination between food and energy policies, and those regarding water, health, transport and waste.

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