Focus Area

Food systems 

In the concrete jungle of an urban hub, food links a city and its citizens to the surrounding rural areas. A broad approach to food systems is needed encompassing all aspects of food production, storage, distribution and consumption. Inspired by initiatives like the Milan Urban Food Pact (MUFPP), cities across Europe are working on more sustainable food systems, granting healthy and accessible food to all, protecting biodiversity and fighting against food waste. Cities are paying more attention to the farm-to-fork process and the possibilities to make it more visible and to shorten food’s journey from the ground to a person’s plate, connecting rural and urban realities. By working on food systems, cities are also working on economic development and integrated sustainable urban regeneration, sustainable resource use and support to farmers and local businesses. Equally crucial is food security. Cities are leading initiatives to ensure everyone has access to decent, nutritious and safe food, and that no one will go hungry. Eurocities’ members most recent work includes:


Madeleine Coste Head of Food
Chiara Roticiani Project Officer - Food
Lucie Jeandrain Project Officer • Food Trails
Wilma Dragonetti Eurocities Writer


  • Putting cities at the heart of food system transformation.

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    Food Trails

  • CLEVERFOOD brings together a variety of actors, from youngsters to farmers, investors, researchers, and government officials, to collaborate for fairer, healthier, and more sustainable food practices.

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