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
• Food innovation
• Trade and distribution
• Safety and food
For 2016 the group has agreed to focus on the following themes:
• Stakeholders engagement
• Access to food and rural-urban linkages
• Education, skills and well being
• Circular economy and food waste
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