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Today, it is increasingly realised that City Region Food Systems (CRFS) can play an important part in helping to provide for many peoples’ food security and nutrition. The development of CRFS is an expression of a new, more integrated approach to rural and urban development, which is now becoming a common theme, not only in food security discourse, but also in international discussions to do with local employment, rural livelihood development, resilience, climate change, trade and environmental sustainability.

In this perspective, the following organizations defined a Call for Global Action in favor of CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS & SUSTAINABLE URBANISATION – FAO Food for cities initiative, World Food Program (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), International Urban Food Network (IUFN), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and International network of Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food security (RUAF).

IUFN together with partner institutions is now calling on others to join our efforts. 

As a first step towards a multistakeholders cooperation mechanism, core partner institutions of the Call for Global Action are organizing a dedicated side event during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS Week 13-18 October 2014, Rome, Italy).

A Call for Global Action for City Region Food Systems and Sustainable Urbanization, initially launched at the World Urban Forum 7, will be presented at this occasion. A new collaborative mechanism, hosted at, will link UN agencies, local authorities associations, civil  society and non-governmental organizations, the research community and the private sector, including representatives of smallholders and family farmers, in order to exchange good practices and knowledge for local action.




Friday morning October 17th 2014, Lebanon Room (D209) at FAO Headquarter

CHECK the agenda.

08:15 Coffee
08:30 Opening remarks Paul Munro-Faure, Chair-FAO Food for the Cities Interdisciplinary Initiative
Introduction to the Global City Region Food System collaborative effort by David Edwards, International Sustainability Unit
08:40 The role of local authorities and urban food system for a sustainable world Andrea Calori, Milan Food Policy Technical Team
08:50 Panel discussion Karim Hussein, IFAD Marina Angeloni, Global Food Security Cluster, WFP Carlos Seré, Bioversity International Davinder Lamba, Mazingira Institute Maurizio Mariani, Eating CityTBD, ORU-FOGAR
09:15 Q & A  – moderator: Paul Munro-Faure, FAO
09:25 Wrap up next steps and call for cooperation

More information on the CFS Week available online.

More information on the CFS

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was established in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum in the United Nations System for review and follow-up of policies concerning world food security including production and physical and economic access to food. During 2009 the CFS underwent reform to make it more effective by including a wider group of stakeholders and increasing its ability to promote polices that reduce food insecurity.

The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.  It will work in a coordinated manner in support of country led processes that lead to food security.  Using a phased approach CFS will:

    • Coordinate a global approach to food security
    • Promote policy convergence
    • Support and advise countries and regions
    • Coordinate at national and regional levels
    • Promote accountability and share best practices
    • Develop a global strategic framework for food security and nutrition

The framework of the reformed CFS broadens participation and aims to:

    • Give a voice to all stakeholders in the world food system
    • Be inclusive and encourage an exchange of views and experiences
    • Build on empirical evidence and scientific analysis
    • Monitor the effectiveness of actions towards reducing hunger