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The EUROCITIES working group food aims to become a “creative hub” for sharing information, ideas, best practices and experimenting innovative solutions related to urban food.


On 15 October 2015, 117 Mayors across Europe and the world signed the Milan Urban Food Pact (MUFPP), through which they committed, among others, to develop sustainable food systems, to grant healthy and accessible food to all, protect biodiversity and fight against food waste. 

Along the drafting process of the pact itself, cities strongly supported the idea that the territorial and the city-region approaches to the food systems, are the right path towards a more equitable and sustainable development of cities. The great attention demonstrated by the cities to this initiative proved the need of deepening the attention on the issues on a cities’ cooperation basis and underlined the urgencies of defining models for integrated approach to the food systems at the urban level. This working group represents the starting point for setting up a European framework to consolidate the path undertaken.

Many cities around the world are already working to implement projects that raise awareness on dietary footprint; fostering the consumption of fresh and healthier products; on food waste prevention, reduction and management; on improved food logistics, on cities’ market system; on food poverty; on changes in public procurement; on food production including rural-urban linkages and on supporting urban agriculture.

Its working areas are around the topic of:

• Food governance
• Stakeholder engagement
• Education and training
• Waste and circular economy
• Social inclusion
• Health and well being
• Environment and resiliency
• Urban-rural linkages
• Food finance 
• Procurement
• Food innovation
• Trade and distribution
• Safety and food
 
For 2019 the group has agreed to focus on:

1) INCREASE the knowledge on urban food policies within the WG member cities, exploiting the participation of the European cities in the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact activities.
 
2) INSPIRE the political level and technical workforce inside cities, in order to strengthen governance processes through the implementation of structured urban food policies.
 
3) INFLUENCE European legislation to facilitate the positioning of cities in the different EU policy actions and positioning EUROCITIES as an authoritative counterpart.
 
4) FACILITATE more informal relationships among Food Policy Officers of WG cities, in order to develop and share wider knowledge on different approaches and more productive network activities.

chair

Elisa Porreca
Milan

vice chair

Natalia Boitot
Warsaw
International Projects Officer

EUROCITIES staff contact

Anja Katalin De Cunto
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Funding and financing coordinator