IUFN – the International Urban Food Network – is a research and cooperation hub on sustainable food systems, campaigning for the promotion of city region food systems as a relevant driver for the construction of resilient territories and sustainable cities.

Our work consists in facilitating access of local authorities and decision-makers to the results of international research on this topic.

Launched in 2012 as a non-governmental body, we aim to be a connector mainly between decision-makers and the research community, acting as a Knowledge platform, making relevant and positive information on this topic easily available, a Facilitator, providing technical assistance to local authorities on local food policy design and organizing awareness rising events and last but not least a Think tank with a will of filling the knowledge gaps.





Good News: Global Food Policy Report Strikes Optimistic Tone

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently released the annual Global Food Policy Report. The 2014-2015 report, the fourth in the series provides an overview of major events and policy decisions from 2014 and potential opportunities and challenges that may be encountered in 2015.

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Published on : 10 September 2015

Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference

Accelerating the Transition to Equitable Post Fossil-Carbon Societies

1 – 4 November 2015 | Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

Elsevier will host the Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference to celebrate more than two decades of the Journal of Cleaner Production, with an international scientific team drawn from more than fifty regional and global sustainability networks.

The Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference is being designed to be holistic, integrative, trans-disciplinary, and trans-sectorial in nature. It will focus on strategic, and preventative concepts and approaches, which are being implemented to speed up the great transition to post-fossil carbon societies, and that are ecologically, ethically, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable.

During this conference, the participants will discuss theoretical and build upon practical concepts, methods, tools, policies, and examples being applied in different contexts (e.g. global warming, chemical pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, water and food security, erosion of social systems, human population growth, and other sustainability challenges).

This Global Conference will catalyze dialogue among leaders from academia, industry, business, government, and non-governmental organizations, to accelerate the application of knowledge, experiences, and examples that are helping families, communities, cities, and regions to make the transition to dematerialized and post-fossil carbon societies.

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Published on : 20 August 2015

Global Eco Forum UCLG

Energy-Climate-Cities - 22 – 23 October 2015. Barcelona, Spain

2015 is a critical year for the global sustainability agenda. First, innovative financial tools and economic mechanisms to support international development and cooperationwill be launched in Ethiopia in July. Then, seventeen ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be approved in September with concrete environmental, economic and social targets to be reached by all countries. Finally, the Paris conference on Climate, also known as COP21, will gather in December thousand of world leaders to commit on a global agreement against climate change.

This international event will encourage sustainability commitment and momentum towards Paris Climate Conference. The 2-days event will gather high level political, social and economic leaders from around Europe and the Mediterranean region to discuss the disruptive transformations that are reshaping the relationships betweenEnergy, Climate and Cities. A public exhibition showing concrete urban solutions to mitigate or adapt climate change will be showed in Barcelona or other european cities. Moreover a political declaration on the role of cities and citizens will be agreed on and taken to the Paris Conference as the official outcomes of this event.

Global Eco Forum Energy-Climate-Cities 22 – 23 October. Barcelona, Spain

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Published on : 20 July 2015

RUAF’s Urban Agriculture Magazine on City Region Food Systems

The latest issue of RUAF’s Urban Agriculture magazine addresses the growing attention for policy and practice approaches that focus on food issues in urban areas from a city-regional perspective, taking into account possible contributions from urban and peri-urban agriculture and a strengthening of urban-rural relations. It features, amongst others, articles on research and policy development in partner cities involved in the SUPURBFOOD programme.

IUFN contributed to this issue with an article called “City Region Food Systems on the Political Agenda in France”, and there are also 2 articles on the FOODMETRES project (including one from Dirk WASCHER, one of IUFN’s administrator). This project aims to describe, analyse and facilitate the development of short food supply chain innovations in metropolitan regions.

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Published on : 29 May 2015

Details for 7th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference

The 7th annual AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference will be held in Torino, Italy from 8-9 October, 2015. Programme details are available here, as well as information about how to submit an abstract (deadline is May 31st).

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Published on : 19 May 2015

Read RUAF’s update for May 2015

The newsletter updates readers about the activities that  Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF) has been engaged with recently.

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Published on : 18 May 2015

Making the case for a local “Department of Food”

Urban and Regional Planning professor Samina Raja makes a very good case for establishing a Department of Food in every city.

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Published on : 24 April 2015

Friends of the Earth Europe briefing on local food systems

Friends of the Earth Europe has recently released a briefing entitled Eating from the farm: the social, environmental and economic benefits of local food systems. It provides examples from across Europe of people and organisations who have come together to make a better food system for their locality. It also looks at the role the EU and national governments are playing and how this impacts (for better or worse) the goal towards more local, sustainable food systems.


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Published on : 17 April 2015

Job opportunities with Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Two exciting job opportunities have recently been announced by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. One is for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security (SUSFANS), and the other is for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in European Food Systems Futures (TRANSMANGO). For more information about the programme and other opportunities, click here.

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Published on : 9 April 2015

Sustain (UK) helps you transform food planning in your area

Sustain has launched an online toolkit that helps people and organisations use the planning system to support community food growing.

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Published on : 8 April 2015

Food Climate Research Network’s database of over 3500 reports/papers on food systems

The Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has recently reorganized their vast database of papers and reports on food systems. You can now easily search by food change stage, specific food item, issues relating to food systems, theory and methodology, information source, and region. Check out their new database here.

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Published on : 8 April 2015

Carasso Foundation – Call for research projects Sustainable Food Systems 2015

The 2015 International call for research projects on Sustainable Food Systems is now open !

Any funding application should be made as part of a response to calls for projects from the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation or at the specific request of The Foundation. No funding request submitted in any other way will be considered. Any document the applicant may deem useful and any internal document mentioned in the funding request may be appended.

It addresses the 3 following topics:
  • TOPIC 1: Sustainable territorial food systems;
  • TOPIC 2: Diversity in production systems and diversity in diets;
  • TOPIC 3: Consumers trust and distrust in food and food systems.
To respond to the international call for research projects, please follow the steps below :

Operational projects in France or Spain:

Please see the French website or the Spanish website

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Published on : 2 April 2015

Vancouver Food Strategy – inspiring video

Launched in January 2013, the City of Vancouver’s Food Strategy represents the culmination of over ten years of policy, planning and community organizing towards the creation of a healthy, just and sustainable food system. None of this would be possible without the creativity and dedication of countless individuals, community groups, and local businesses. This video highlights some key areas that have made a big impact in Vancouver.

To get involved, visit http://vancouver.ca/foodpolicyhttps://youtu.be/QGjKPcBz9YM

Creating a system for producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is a City priority. Learn about the many ways you can help.

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Published on : 2 April 2015

Online course on soils

Without good quality soils, no sustainable food systems for city regions!

FAO says: ‘Soils are our silent allies in food production’ the FAO says as the international Year of Soils 2015 starts @IYSNews.

In collaboration with partner organizations and governments, FAO is promoting soil preservation around the world to improve awareness and understanding of the benefits of sustainable land management. The Organization has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects globally, and produced together with UNESCO the World Soil Map (http://data.fao.org/map?entryId=446ed430-8383-11db-b9b2-000d939bc5d8)

Get more info on FAO Year of Soils 2015 here: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/

‘Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet’
Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course of Lancaster University on July 6th 2015.

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Published on : 1 April 2015


URBACT III celebrated its official launch in Brussels on the 16th of March 2015. Participants learned about URBACT’s work so far and about the features of the new programme.

Find Operational program 2020+what is in for cities here:http://urbact.eu/urbact-iii-launch-event

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Published on : 30 March 2015

Can rooftop gardens grow city’s vegetables?

Rooftop gardens in cities could provide more than three quarters of the vegetables consumed in them, a case study from Bologna, Italy, suggests. If all suitable flat roof space was used for urban agriculture, rooftop gardens in the city could supply around 12 500 tons of vegetables a year whilst also providing a range of ecosystem services, the researchers say.  

Source: Orsini, F., Gasperi, D., Marchetti, L., et al. (2014). Exploring the production capacity of rooftop gardens (RTGs) in urban agriculture: the potential impact on food and nutrition security, biodiversity and other ecosystem services in the city of BolognaFood Security 6(6): 781-792. DOI: 10.1007/s12571-014-0389-6.

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Published on : 27 March 2015

Sustainable food systems assessment from the Buffalo-Niagara region, USA

The Buffalo-Niagara region in New York State (USA) has just released a report entitled Growing Together. It is a sustainable food access and food justice report that was put together using research and stakeholder engagement in order to identify assets and opportunities within the region’s food system.

For more information on the collaborators, go to the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab from the University of Buffalo.

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Published on : 25 February 2015

“Food systems need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient” – FAO Director-General

At last week’s International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva spoke about the need to move towards more sustainable methods of production in order to protect our soils and biodiversity, as well as to address issues relating to climate change and its impacts on the agriculture and our food system as a whole.

Read more about what Graziano da Silva had to say at the conference and what some of the solutions could be.

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Published on : 23 February 2015

Saving our food system – 24 TED Talks

Food Tank has put together a great list of 24 TED Talks featuring a wide variety of solutions to our presently unsustainable food system.

Some of the talks feature experts on urban food systems and urban agriculture, including Carolyn Steel (“How Food Shapes our Cities“), Ron Finley (“A Guerilla Gardener in South Central L.A.“), and Stephan Ritz (“Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way into a New Economy“).

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Published on : 20 February 2015

[VIDEO] Opening day of Good Food, Good Farming conference

Highlights from the opening day of the Good Food, Good Farming conference held on 10-11 February in Brussels.

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Published on : 12 February 2015