Food Smart Cities for Development

Project complete, from December 2014 to December 2016

What is it about?

“Food Smart Cities for Development” brought together twelve urban areas over three continents to develop coordinated food policies and international cooperation activities. The project raised public awareness on the impact of European cooperation policies, with particular emphasis on decentralised cooperation in food security and sustainable development. It strengthened the role of European Cities as facilitators in the promotion of sustainable development, focusing on global food security strategies. Finally, it encouraged partner cities and civil society organisations to participate in the debate concerning the post-2015 development agenda.

What changes does this project inspire?

119 mayors adopted the project´s Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, guidelines developed through a participatory approach among 46 cities and a team of experts. Initially only involving cities participating in the project, urban areas beyond the partners committed to the pact. Its core is a framework of 37 “actions” to achieve more sustainable urban food systems, as well as a commitment section and a preamble. The pact captured the attention of world local leaders, International organisation, CSOs, NGOs on the important role of urban areas and Local Authorities for food and environmental sustainability.

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