Like any successful restauranteur, a large helping of the work cities do is coordinating the many actors around them. From civil society to business and research organisations, cities are perfectly placed to ensure a streamlined synergy between stakeholders that ensure innovative solutions for the food system and yields the best result. Cities use an array of policy instruments: citizen engagement, social innovation, new governance models and socially responsible public procurement to collaborate in innovative solutions for a more sustainable food system.
This publication is a summary of the FOOD IN CITIES study on innovation for sustainable and healthy production, delivery, and consumption of food in cities, supported by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation. This study aims to provide an overview of the food innovation dynamics in cities, in addition to providing evidence on the role and impact of European funded projects for research and innovation (R&I) in cities. Its findings are based on input provided by the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) signatory cities and EUROCITIES members through an open survey, interviews, desk research and focus group meetings. More than 40 cities from Europe and nine cities from across the Globe participated in the survey. Among these, five cities were chosen for a more in-depth analysis of their food activities and the impact of EU funded projects for research and innovation.