IUFN – the International Urban Food Network – is an international research and cooperation hub on sustainable food systems for city-regions.

Launched in 2011 under the status of an NGO (Association Loi 1901), IUFN campaigns for the promotion of city-region food systems as a relevant driver for the construction of resilient territories.

IUFN aims to facilitate access of public decision-makers to the results of international research on this topic. Today, IUFN’s work is based on a team of volunteers, developing and promoting the city-region food system’s transformational potential.


WAYNE ROBERTS – Fixing food not only solves food problems

Leading analyst, advocate and practitioner of city food policy



City energy
July 10-11th 2014, Versailles (France)
Landscape and Urban Horticulture
August 17-22nd 2014, Brisbane (Australia)
ESA Congress 2014
August 25-29th 2014, Debrecen (Hungary)
RFSC Conference 2014
October 8th 2014, Brussels (Belgium)
4th International Conference on Food Studies
20-21st October 2014, Prato (Italy)
IARU Sustainability Science Congress
October 22-24th 2014, Copenhagen (Danmark)

Love food hate waste in 10 UK cities

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is coming to 10 cities in the UK over the next 18 months to focus attention on food waste. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign will be targeting Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool City Region, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, reaching over eight million people across the UK. WRAP has gathered support from major retailers and organisations engaged in tackling food waste and will be working with them to deliver events and raise awareness of food waste.

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Published on : 12 July 2014

Food Cardiff brand

Background Prior to September 2012, there were two city-wide partnerships progressing the healthy and sustainable food agenda in Cardiff: the Cardiff Food and Health Steering Group, which drove the health and sustainable food priority of the Cardiff Partnership Board Healthy Living work stream and the Sustainable Food City Steering Group set up by the Soil Association, Sustain and Food Matters to produce a Cardiff Food Charter, which was launched in April 2012. In September 2012 these two bodie…

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Published on : 12 July 2014

Waste management strategy for Toronto

Toronto to provide a framework for solid waste management policy decisions over the next 30 to 50 years. The Strategy will recommend waste management policies and programs, including how to manage any leftover garbage remaining after making use of recycling, composting and reuse options. All options and best practices for new and emerging waste diversion and disposal methods will be considered and evaluated. The goal is to find solutions that are cost-effective, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable. For more information, visit the City’s website. 

The TFPC is researching opportunities to reduce and divert food waste, and will be participating in the solid waste mmanagement strategy consultations over the next few weeks.

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Published on : 12 July 2014

Ryerson’s Rooftop Garden

Summer students working with the TFPC and Food Strategy were invited to tour the Edible Rooftop Garden atop Ryerson’s Engineering Building on Church Street. The roof was originally built as a green roof in order to reduce energy costs and to help cool the building. An edible roof continues to provide these benefits while offering the additional benefit of food production.

The edible roof began as a pilot project in 2013 with a 1000 sq ft garden. The project expanded this year to 10,000 sq ft and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The food - In its first year the edible roof produced a total of 250kg of food. This year, the expanded garden is expected to produce 2500 kg of organic food including:

  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Eggplants
  • Lettuce
  • Other vegetables

Food produced in the garden is used in Ryerson’s Harvest Party, an annual event that celebrates local organic food. The food is also sold at Ryerson’s weekly farmer’s market and to campus Food Services. Profits from sales are reinvested into the garden.

The people - There is plenty of excitement and engagement from both the on- and off-campus community. The edible roof is part of Rye’s Homegrown, an on-campus organization made up of students, staff, and faculty who aim to create a closed loop on-campus food system. Volunteers commit a minimum of 5 hours a week to plant, maintain, and harvest the garden. The garden is visible from surrounding apartment buildings and offers residents a luscious green view that is often difficult to come by in urban areas.

A special thank you to Catherine Lung for the invitation and tour!

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Published on : 12 July 2014

10 best cities for urban agriculture

FAO’s last report highlighting 10 latino-american best cities for urban agriculture. Among these figure of course – Belo Horizonte, La Habana, Rosario, but also Ciudad de Mexico. Document only available in Spanish.

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Published on : 11 July 2014

French regions supporting City-regions food systems approach

During the recent conference organized by ARF (Association des Régions de France) – representative body of French regions and the Brittany region, a charter has been signed to support Territorialised food systems development. News in French.

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Published on : 9 July 2014

Join IUFN’s group on LinkedIN

You have expressed your interest in becoming part of an on-line community on sustainable food governance for city-regions. Come and join today IUFN’s LinkedIN group!

This new on-line tool will give you the possibility to concretely participate in the creation of sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s food systems within a growing international community.

What is the IUFN’s LinkedIN group about? Innovation, innovation, innovation!

We need new ideas, we need new approaches, we need new people! Acting as a participatory on-line think tank, IUFN’s LinkeIN group is a place to share original inputs, news, best practices on the challenges related to this strategic issue.

In the next months, this group will be key in the capitalization of IUFN’s Paris Land for Food international workshop, especially the redaction of the ground report on challenges of land use within food security of urban regions.

The launch of the IUFN’s LinkedIN makes the Supporter status on our website redundant. For that reason, this status will disappear and all our web content will be available directly. IUFN will make sure all your personal data will be destroyed.

Join us at on LinkedIN! 

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Published on : 8 July 2014

Call for application – European Urban Summer School (EUSS)

The European Urban Summer School (EUSS) for young professionals and academics, launched basically in 2010 by AESOP is hosted annually by one of the European Higher Education Establishments. This year Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université de Tours-Département Aménagement (EPU-DA) is organizing the 5th summer school from 1st to 8th September 2014 in Tours (France) to create a platform to discuss these issues.

This school with series of seminars and workshops is aiming to bring together young planners and academics to benefit from a worldwide creativity. The target is to create a platform for every participant to contribute to practical intervention in real time projects and exchange ideas in an international context with other students and professionals. It would be an effort to create a friendly environment in which every individual can discuss and transfer his/her knowledge to one another.

Call for participants is open until 27th June 2014.
Call for tutors is open until 27th June 2014.

The registration is already closed, however Local Organizing Committee and Head of EUSS 2014 decided to give special privilege to the PhD students linked to the AESOP member schools/institutions and offered us some additional places.

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Published on : 5 July 2014

A Place for Food in Public Spaces

Join Community Food Centres Canada for a free webinar that will explore different ways community-builders are using food programs like community gardens, markets, public suppers, and bake ovens to animate local parks. We’ll highlight how the principles of placemaking can transform public spaces by highlighting local assets and serving common needs.

On the panel are Jutta Mason, who for over 20 years has led the transformation of Dufferin Grove Park to a vibrant, community-supported park, and Sabina Ali, who alongside a Women’s Committee in her culturally diverse neighbourhood of Thorncliffe Park, started a plein air South Asian bazaar and community Tandoor oven. Moderator Liz Curran, the Manager of the Regent Park Community Food Centre at CRC, is developing a suite of food programs to animate the newly re-developed Regent Park neighbourhood, including gardens, a greenhouse, and bake ovens.

Upcoming webinar: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12-1 p.m. ED

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Published on : 30 June 2014

Launch of Local Food Roots Film

A new film to inspire more people about good, sustainable, locally sourced food – in colleges, workplaces, local communities, towns, cities… The new Local Food Roots film is available on DVD for sale here Licensed for community screenings, the film is designed as a catalyst for conversations about how we can build more sustainability and resilience in the food system. It is meant to stimulate reflection and discussion about what’s been achieved and, crucially, where we need to go next. “

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Published on : 30 June 2014

Report Documents Copycat Snacks in Schools

All foods sold outside of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), such as food from vending machines and school stores, will have to meet United States Department of Agriculture “Smart Snacks” nutrition criteria starting July 1, 2014. “Smart Snacks,” which is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will limit the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium of these foods.
According to a recent report by the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), major food companies like PepsiCo are producing reformulated versions of popular junk foods like Cheetos® and Doritos® that meet the Smart Snacks criteria, but use the same brand names, logos and spokescharacters as those used to market traditional junk food.

The authors assert that these copycat snacks are not widely available for purchase outside of schools and are clearly designed to co-market traditional junk food to children in school.

In a recent video and article in The New York Times, Michael Moss describes how food companies are trying to stay ahead of USDA’s rules when it comes to marketing junk food in schools.  “Companies like Domino’s are making more healthful versions of their food to sell in schools, prompting concerns about the use of brands in the school lunch line,” according to Moss.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

More Cities Are Issuing Green Bonds To Finance Climate Friendly Expansion

Green bonds are becoming a more and more attractive way of financing low carbon projects with the supply doubling in value this year. Now cities are getting in on the act and issuing their own green bonds, led by Toronto, Johannesburg and Gothenberg.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

‘Pop-Up Victory Gardens’ Honors History While Greening Blight in the Windy City

The “We Can Do It!” spirit is alive and well in North Chicago due to one former corporate executive turned gardener extraordinaire. “I developed this condition called lot lust. I see empty lots and I lust to put gardens there,” says LaManda Joy, volunteer Executive Director of the Peterson Garden Project.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

What is Social Capital?

Do people who don’t happen to have millions of dollars or a big corporation to back them up have a voice anymore? Is there a way for regular everyday people to have a say in what goes on around them and in the way their neighborhoods and cities are shaped?

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Published on : 20 June 2014

Food waste volume and composition in Finnish households

The purpose of this paper is to determine the volume and quality of food waste in Finnish households and discuss drivers for waste being produced. Design/methodology/approach ‐ In total, 380 households weighed all solid food waste and liquid milk waste daily each time they disposed food during a two-week period. The authors concentrated only on avoidable food waste, i.e. all wasted food and raw material that could have been consumed, had they been stored or prepared differently. Other biowaste, such as vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, or bones, was not measured.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

Individual motivations for limiting meat consumption

The aim of this paper by Ifat ZUR and Christian Klöckner,  is to identify predictors of meat consumption and the intention to reduce it. Since meat consumption is one of the major contributors to human made environmental destruction including climate change, biodiversity loss or water and air pollution and at the same time under volitional control meat consumption is an interesting target for interventions.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

Conservation groups celebrate promotion of sustainable fish in new School Food Standards

Marine conservation groups celebrate encouragement of sustainable fish, and exclusion of endangered species, promoted in new School Food Standards launched today.

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Published on : 20 June 2014

London Councils urged to end cage cruelty

London Councils have been urged to end cage cruelty by buying cage-free eggs for school and council catering. Fifteen London councils have already received Good Egg Awards for their ethical egg-buying policies, but unfortunately this means that 18 are still serving thousands of meals every day that are likely to contain eggs produced by hens kept in cruel caged conditions. “No hen should live in a cage. Caged hens experience unacceptable and unnecessary suffering,” said Ross Compton, coordinator…

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Published on : 20 June 2014

Governing China’s food quality through transparency: A review

Article by Arthur PJ Mol, Professor Environmental Policy, Wageningen University.

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Published on : 20 June 2014