INTERVIEWS SERIES – International experts on the future of city region food systems

crfs_specialWith the universal exhibition Milan 2015 “Feeding the planet, energy for life” and the COP21 international conference on climate change in Paris, 2015 brings about a new and exciting period for the topic of sustainable food systems for city regions.

IUFN is happy to share with you a series of interviews with international experts on their position on the future of this dynamic and highly strategic issue. In each of these, you will find their opinion on what they consider as being the main achievements and milestones in 2014 and also on what strategic events, orientations, programs need to be shared and worked on in 2015.

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Hans Dieter Temp – Cidades sem Fome (Brazil)

Since 2003, Hans has run Cidades sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger), an NGO that develops urban agriculture projects in the East Zone of São Paulo. Here, they try to establish urban farming as an alternative for areas with high unemployment and low fresh food access.

Marielle Dubbeling – RUAF Foundation (The Netherlands)

Marielle Dubbeling is the Director of RUAF Foundation – an International network in the field of Urban Agriculture and Food Systems. RUAF seeks to support local and regional governments in strategic planning and policy making in the field of urban agriculture and food systems, implement action research and development project, provide training in these areas and develop a wide range of information and knowledge resources. She is also a member of IUFN’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Florence Egal – Independent Expert on food security, nutrition and livelihoods, Former Co-chair of FAO Food for cities initiative (Italy)

Florence Egal has been working for over 20 years for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on nutrition and food security issues. She particularly focused on participative approaches and the promotion of local food, as well as the reinforcment of rural-urban linkages. She is still very active today, taking parts in conferences and training on nutrition and food security. She is also a member of IUFN’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Harriet Friedmann – University of Toronto (Canada)

Harriet Friedmann is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She has completed extensive research in several aspects of food and agriculture, and her work has been published in American, European and Canadian journals. A current member of the Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC), Dr. Friedmann has been involved in the TFPC in various capacities, including Chair in the 1990s. She is also a member of IUFN’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Karim Hussein – IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development (Italy)

Karim is a Strategic Policy Analysis and Knowledge Management Officer in IFAD’s Strategy and Knowledge Department, responsible for undertaking research and policy analysis on key emerging issues in rural development, food security and resilience, urban-rural linkages, farmers’ organisations, engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations and inclusive rural transformation.

Emily Mattheisen – HIC – Habitat International Coalition, Housing and Land Rights Network (Egypt)

Emily works as the Global Program Officer for Habitat International CoalitionHousing and Land Rights Network, based in Cairo, Egypt. She also co-facilitates the Urban Constituency for the Civil Society Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security.

José L. Osete – Hungarian National Federation of Local Territories (Hungary/France)

José L. Osete has lived in Hungary since 1989. Formerly a journalist and then the head of the association INFH (Initiatives France-Hungary) from 1995 to 2013, he is now an International Technical Expert for TÖOSZ (the Hungarian National Federation of Local Territories).

Lynn Peemoeller – Food Systems Planning Consultant (Germany/USA)

Lynn develops projects and partnerships to develop a dialogue about the past, present and future role of food in context to urban systems. You can find out more about her and her involvement in building better food systems on her website.

Makiko Taguchi – FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)

Makiko Taguchi is an Agronomist, Co-secretary of the FAO Food for the Cities Initiative, and a working group member for the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (Save Food).

Gilles Trystram – AgroParisTech (France)

Gilles Trystram is Professor and General Director at AgroParisTech. With a degree in Process Control at Nancy University and a Ph.D, he focuses the research on Food Process engineering applications, mainly thermal processing of food, looking for modelling of unit operations in order to develop algorithm able to help for design and optimisation of the product final qualities. He is also a member of IUFN’s Board of Directors.

Peter Volz – Die Argonauten (Germany)

Peter Volz is working for the small research organisation “Die Agronauten” in Freiburg, Germany. In his work he deals with all sorts of questions related to food and farming culture. He studied social sciences and environmental governance and is a member of the European network “access to land” and the European CSA research group.

Alison Watson – UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme (France)

Alison Watson is a consultant to UNEP working on sustainable food systems. Their big focus for 2015, in partnership with FAO, is developing and launching the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme.