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FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda

FAO. 2019. FAO framework for the Urban Food Agenda. Rome.

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    FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda [In Brief]
    Leveraging sub-national and local government action to ensure sustainable food systems and improved nutrition
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    This publication provides a snapshot of the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda. The Framework serves as a corporate strategy that addresses emerging calls from countries, responding to demands for a multi-sectorial, multi-stakeholder and multi-level approach to food insecurity and malnutrition across the rural-urban continuum. The Framework explains why FAO is in a unique position to influence positively the global urban food agenda and it defines guiding principles that ensure full inclusion of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.  As a result of a large consultative process targeted outcomes were determined. Moreover, the basis for a global action programme to achieve them is presented with seven comprehensive areas of support (CAS). The CAS together form a 3E approach in which FAO, with partners, assists governments to: i) Enable improved policy environments through diverse laws, regulations, governance and empowerment of institutions; ii)  Execute needed actions according to context-specific realities delivered, inter alia, shorter supply chains, inclusive public food procurement, innovative agro-food business, healthier food and green environments, and optimized supply chains and sustainable bioeconomy; iii) Expand good practices through the exchange of information and trans-local cooperation, and form a basis for an independent global forum that promote participation of different government levels to effectively promote good practices on food governance.  The publication ends with a broad discussion of a range of potential activities to be implemented in each of the CAS.
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    City region food system tools and examples 2018
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    FAO, RUAF Foundation and Wilfrid Laurier University with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation embarked in the period 2015-2017 on a collaborative programme to assess and plan sustainable city region food systems in 7 cities around the world: Colombo (Sri Lanka), Lusaka and Kitwe (Zambia), Medellin (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Toronto (Canada and Utrecht (the Netherlands). This City Region Food System (CRFS) toolkit provides guidance on how to assess and plan for sustainable city region food systems. It includes practical tools and examples from the seven cities on how to: • Define and map the city region; • Collect data on the city region food system; • Gather and analyse information on different CRFS components and sustainability dimensions through both rapid and in-depth assessments; • Use a multi-stakeholder process to engage policymakers and other stakeholders in the design of more sustainable and resilient city region food systems. The City Region Food System assessment is aimed to help strengthen the understanding of the current functioning and performance of a food system in the context of a city region, within which rural and urban areas and communities are directly linked. It forms the basis for further development of policies and programmes to promote the sustainability and resilience of CRFS. The CRFS assessment and planning approach advocated builds on a formalised process of identifying and engaging all relevant stakeholders from the start of assessment through to policy review and planning. This means that a CRFS process can result, not only in revised or new urban food policies, strategies and projects, but also in the creation of new -or revitalization of existing- networks for food governance and policy development, such as urban food policy councils and in new institutional food programmes and policies. Each city region has its own context, so no guidelines will fit all. This toolkit is however structured in seven sections or steps generally involved in any CRFS assessment and planning process, based on actual experiences in the project partner cities: • Getting prepared • Defining the CRFS • Vision • CRFS Scan • CRFS Assessment • Policy Support and Planning • Governance The toolkit tells the story of why and how project cities have been implementing this process and what outcomes they achieved. It is meant to be a resource for policymakers, researchers, and other key stakeholders and participants who want to better understand their own CRFS and plan for improvements. In this way the examples and tools documented provide valuable experiences and lessons that may accelerate the development of similar initiatives in other city regions around the world, wishing to apply, or to customise, and to up-scale similar practices. Resources: For a detailed description of the CRFS assessment process, city examples, tools and project outputs, please go to:
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    The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2023
    Urbanization, agrifood systems transformation and healthy diets across the rural–urban continuum
    This report provides an update on global progress towards the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2) and estimates on the number of people who are unable to afford a healthy diet. Since its 2017 edition, this report has repeatedly highlighted that the intensification and interaction of conflict, climate extremes and economic slowdowns and downturns, combined with highly unaffordable nutritious foods and growing inequality, are pushing us off track to meet the SDG 2 targets. However, other important megatrends must also be factored into the analysis to fully understand the challenges and opportunities for meeting the SDG 2 targets. One such megatrend, and the focus of this year’s report, is urbanization. New evidence shows that food purchases in some countries are no longer high only among urban households but also among rural households. Consumption of highly processed foods is also increasing in peri-urban and rural areas of some countries. These changes are affecting people’s food security and nutrition in ways that differ depending on where they live across the rural–urban continuum. This timely and relevant theme is aligned with the United Nations General Assembly-endorsed New Urban Agenda, and the report provides recommendations on the policies, investments and actions needed to address the challenges of agrifood systems transformation under urbanization and to enable opportunities for ensuring access to affordable healthy diets for everyone.

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