Resilient Food Systems

A day-long food track on sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and waste, key elements for true resilient urban food systems!

In collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), RUAF Foundation, Rikolto, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), UN Environment, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and ProVeg International.

International frameworks for Resilient Food Systems (Session C3)

Global urbanization requires a shift in how food systems are managed. The Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, along with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, elevate food systems in the international discourse and validate the ambitious food policies and practices that a growing number of cities are adopting. A different number of initiatives exists aiming to inform how local and regional governments can advance their food systems work as urban food systems play a critical role in delivering on SDG 11; the multidimensionality of food systems are recognized as they are addressed through SDG 2 on hunger, SDG 3 on health and well-being, SDG 6, water and sanitation, SDG 12, responsible production and consumption and SDG 12, climate action.

Food Matters in Denver & Baltimore: Tackling Food Waste in Cities (Session D3)

Baltimore and Denver are undertaking actions towards becoming more sustainable and resilient by including food systems as a critical component of urban planning for climate resilience. The two cities are adopting an adaptation strategy to prevent food from going to waste, rescue surplus food and recycle food scraps. The cities of Baltimore and Denver were selected to work with Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) on the Food Matters Project to develop and implement strategies that will drive innovative and system-wide food waste reduction in cities. Addressing the issue of food waste helps cities stabilize municipal waste management costs and meet sustainability goals.

Shifting towards plant-based diets (Session E2)

According to the IPCC, a global shift in dietary habits shifts must play a key role in achieving climate goals as the current levels of production and consumption of animal products makes the achievement of the 1,5°C and 2°C goals unlikely. This session will address the urgency of creating resilience in the food system on the global and local level, through adopting food policies that emphasize plant-focused diets on the city level. Through showcasing and discussing various ready-to-implement, cost-effective existing solutions from cities across the globe, the session aims to arm policymakers with the latest information and tools to future-proof their cities’ food systems, while improving public health.

Food Systems Workshop (Session F3)

According to the IPCC, a global shift in dietary habits shifts will play a key role in achieving climate goals as the current levels of production and consumption of animal products makes the achievement of the 1,5°C and 2°C goals unlikely. Cities, as centres of consumption and innovation, play a critical role in fighting climate change and improving health outcomes by driving large-scale change in diets. Building on the policy solutions put forth in the previous session, this breakout session will allow participants a deep dive into the practicalities and first-hand experiences in smaller discussion groups.

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