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CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS – Food in an urbanized world – ISU/ 3Keel report

On Wednesday 4th February 2015, 09.30-17.00 GMT, London (UK), HRH Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) has convened an international meeting on “Food in an Urbanised world: The role of City Region Food Systems in resilience and sustainable development.”

Bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world, including city leaders, representatives from international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector, this high level meeting  was seeking to draw out the linkages between approaches to sustainable urbanisation and resilient food systems and to highlight the opportunities to drive improvements in food policy and planning at the city region level.

It was a great occasion to discuss how the engagement of city regions in food systems policy and planning can help towards a more integrated and synergetic approach to rural and urban development and a more inclusive approach to providing nutritional security for all.

The speakers focused mainly on what can be done to improve the management of food systems at this level – through the better coordination of information sharing, policy innovation and partnerships. It will also explore opportunities to foster a more enabling policy environment at national and international levels – particularly in light of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the Milan EXPO and Committee on Food Security, as well as the critical climate talks in Paris under the UNFCCC, and the preparations for Habitat III in 2016.

To provide background for the meeting, the ISU commissioned a synthesis paper – Food in an Urbanised world: The role of City Region Food Systems in resilience and sustainable development. Please note this is a draft for consultation – not a final publication. A final version will be published in April and in the meantime any feedback should be forwarded to the corresponding author: steve.Jennings@3Keel.com

Download the draft version of the report - Food in an Urbanised world: The role of City Region Food Systems in resilience and sustainable development.