By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urban, and that’s going to have a big impact on food systems. The rapid growth of cities is driving the development of new urban food policies, in which cities can take more responsibility for food security and nutrition.
On my way to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this morning I passed by a small food growing space set up by local residents. Onion leaves could be spotted popping out of the soil. Only a few inches away were the graffitied walls of the busy train station. Quite a contrast! But -- what does this have to do with urban food policy?
I love food. I love cities. But it was only recently that I realized how interconnected these two things truly are.
Tuesday’s Side Event, “Urban Food Policies and their Role in Sustainable Food Systems,” at the United Nations Committee for World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, highlighted the importance of cities in the creation of healthy, viable food systems.
Ever heard of Kibera vertical farms? These are not perhaps the designer skyscraper greenhouses you might imagine, but rather sacks filled with soil. However, Kibera dwellers are able to grow tomatoes, spinach and kale in those sacks which, together with ugali and eggs, from Kibera-kept chickens, make a nutritious meal.
Submitted by Ekaterina Bessonova on 22 June, 2016 - 17:27
The EAT Forum brought together business leaders, scientists and politicians to discuss and inspire ways to transform our food system so it doesn’t harm our health and is not too much of a burden for the environment.
A key feature of the Sustainable Development Goals is the recognition of interdependencies across the food system between production and consumption, resource use, international policies, support for smallholder farmers, agricultural value chains and health.