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.





Annual conference UNESCO Chair Montpellier
January 30, 2015, Montpellier (France)
Good Food & Good Farming conference
February 10 & 11, 2015, Brussels (Belgium)
Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit
February 24 & 25, 2015, Los Angeles (United States)
Midwest Urban Farmers Summit (U.S.)
March 14-15, 2015, Chicago (United States)
European Sustainable Food Cities conference
March 16-17, 2015, Bristol (England)

The case of Urban Food Systems

Against the backdrop of climate change, cities are facing increasing environmental challenges that threaten the quality of life and opportunities that urban environments can offer to their residents. Urban food systems can provide methods to help cities to tackle low carbon and resource efficiency through integrated sustainable urban regeneration. Read the full article here.

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Published on : 28 January 2015

European public support for local and sustainably produced food

Friends of the Earth Europe asked Europeans about their habits and views in relation to locally produced food. The polling found that Europeans see a lot of benefits to buying locally produced food, but that there are problems which currently make it more difficult. Full opinion poll results and summary briefing available here.

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Published on : 28 January 2015

Call for contributions: Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods

The American University of Rome and the American Academy in Rome in collaboration with the Economics, Management and Institutions Department of the University of Naples Federico II and
the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Pisa University under the Patronage of Expo Milano 2015 and the European Society of Rural Sociology will present the conference Global Sustainability and Local Foods.

Location: Rome, The American University of Rome and the American Academy in Rome
Deadlines: Papers: 15 February 2015 // Videos and Posters: 30 May 2015

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Published on : 21 January 2015

Michigan State University Releases Case Study on Food Hub Network

A recently-released case study, published by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, chronicles the creation, growth and lessons learned of the two-and-a-half year old Michigan Food Hub Network.

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Published on : 15 January 2015

Washington Selected for USDA Pilot Project for Procurement of Local Produce

Washington was selected as one of 8 states to pilot test having school districts use some of their USDA Foods allocations (federal subsidy) to purchase fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. This could help balance the financial aspect of the farm-to-school equation.

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Published on : 13 January 2015

Take a few minutes to complete the Global Food Policy Report Survey

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is conducting a global survey on the state of food policy, food and nutrition security, and food production—and they invite you to participate. The results of the survey will appear in the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, which will be published in March 2015. Click here to begin the survey.

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Published on : 8 January 2015

10 Projects Improving Canada’s Food System

The world’s second-largest country boasts an impressive team of chefs, farmers, educators, and activists working to improve its food system. Here are ten making a difference for Canada‘s eaters.

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Published on : 7 January 2015

2015 is the International Year of Soils

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils. Learn more about the importance of soils and especially their impact on our food system here.

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Published on : 5 January 2015

LiveWell for LIFE recommendations for healthy, sustainable food choices

Together with WWF and Friends of Europe, the LiveWell for LIFE project has released its final recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU food supply chain. Central to these recommendations is the demonstration of what a sustainable diet could look like for various European countries.

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Published on : 27 December 2014

The global scale of food production in and around cities

A new study quantifies urban and peri-urban food production spaces across the globe.

For more information: http://wle.cgiar.org/blog/2014/11/13/shining-spotlight-urban-farming/

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Published on : 13 December 2014

Organic farming can feed the world if done right, scientists claim

A recently published study reveals that gap in production yields between organic and conventional farming methods is less than previous thought. Additionally, the study (conducted by researchers from the University of Californiam Berkeley) shows that this gap can be reduced even further by using methods such as crop rotation and/or multi-cropping (growing multiple crops together).

For more information: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/organic-farming-can-feed-the-world-if-done-right-scientists-claim-9913651.html

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Published on : 12 December 2014

Food Systems Academy

Develop a better understanding of how our food systems work through this online educational tool. Curated by author Geoff Tansey (http://tansey.org.uk/), video and audio lectures focus on many aspects of our food systems including food security, GMOs, and socio-economic issues. This website is in a beta form and encourages feedback from users in order to further develop its capacity.

The Food Systems Academy can be found here: http://www.foodsystemsacademy.org.uk/background.html

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Published on : 11 December 2014

Book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing productive cities

Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing productive cities, edited by Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn has just been published. This is a follow up volume to the 2005 book, Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Continuous-Productive-Urban-Landscapes-Agriculture/dp/0750655437)

More information: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415540582/

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Published on : 16 October 2014

New research network on Food Productive Urban Landscapes

A new research network funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, exploring pathways to policy in support of food productive urban landscapes.Titled Urban Transformations: Pathways from practice to policy. We would welcome participation either by attending planned workshops or through an online discussion.

For more information : http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/utppp

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Published on : 16 October 2014

Smart Local Governance meeting

The Committee in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, the Committee on Descentralization and Local Self Government, the LSE Cities Program and EUDEL is organizing the upcoming working meeting that will be focused on the «Smart Local Governance: the challenge of good governance in local administrations”.

The Smart Local Governance includes political and active participation, citizen services as well as the smart functioning of the administration. All of this with the support of new technologies, which enable the introduction of a new relationship between Local Governments and citizens; in particular regarding the introduction of public on-line services and the use of New Technologies to improve the participation of citizens in public decision-making.

The working meeting is structured in 4 thematic sessions where discussions and knowledge exchanges on priority issues within the smart «Local governance» will be carried out:

1. Strategic local public management: Challenges and keys to success.
2. Transparency and citizen participation 3. City intelligence: Big data + open data 4. Modernization of Public Administration and Online Public Services

6-7 November 2014. Bilbao, Spain +INFO:  www.cdc.uclg.org

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Published on : 7 September 2014

Roadmap for a Successful Urban Farm

What do you see here? A vacant lot? Neighborhood blight? Unfulfilled ambitions? Or do you see untapped potential, a plot rich in opportunity? Perhaps a glint of promise for a community camouflaged by trash and overgrown weeds? If your vision involved growing food as a productive way to use these vacant plots of city land, you are not alone. Forms of urban agriculture, such as urban farming and community gardens, are springing up all across the country as the positive impact they can have on communities is being recognized.

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Published on : 22 August 2014

UrbaChina Newsletter 2014-33 (August)

The UrbaChina Newsletter 2014-33 (August) is now published.

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Published on : 22 August 2014

Talkin’ Local Food with University Health Network

The University Health Network in Toronto received funding from the Greenbelt Fund to investigate short and long-term opportunities to provide more local food for in-patients in their hospital network. From interviews and an advisory panel, they have identified 3 long term challenges that they would like to submit to the community for input. They have launched an idea crowdsourcing platform where you can vote on the existing ideas, or add your own ideas for review.

Do you eat food? Then you have an opinion! Join in and unleash your ideas to better connect local Ontario food to the hospitals at University Health Network.

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Published on : 7 August 2014

Retreating from the Public Good?

Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea. Not so much because of the enthusiasm and hard work of local people, but because it presented them with an opportunity to try to dump the management of all the village’s green spaces on the local community.

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Published on : 22 July 2014

Brighton and Hove Food Procurement Success

Brighton & Hove City Council is the first in the country to introduce more stringent rules on food buying standards for all catering contracts over £75,000. It’s a decision that will improve thousands of meals per year, will drive local economic development, meet carbon reduction targets and put nutritious and seasonal food on the menu. The standards set are the equivalent to the Soil Association’s Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark.

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Published on : 17 July 2014