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AS A THINK TANK, IUFN AIMS AT ENHANCING INNOVATION AND SUPPORTING DECISION-MAKING THROUGH THE PRODUCTION OF A WIDE RANGE OF STUDIES AND STATE-OF-THE-ART CROSS-DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE. 

CONCRETELY, HERE BELOW PLEASE FIND EXAMPLES OF IUFN’S WORK IN THIS FIELD

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS

IUFN-FNH-UNEP CLIMATE CHANGE URBAN FOOD Initiative

2015-2016 initiative – Contact: Project manager albane.gaspard (at) iufn.org

FOOD SYSTEM - The way we eat greatly contributes to climate change. URBANIZATION - Over the world, more and more people live in cities. CLIMATE CHANGE - A changing climate will impact on the availability, the accessibility and the quality of food in urban areas. IT IS TIME TO ACT !

Fondation Nicolas Hulot (FNH), the International Urban Food Network (IUFN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are launching the CLIMATE CHANGE URBAN FOOD Initiative. Designed to inform policy discussions in the lead-up to COP21, this initiative will highlight the strategic links between SUSTAINABLE FOOD, SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE and showcase successful mechanisms and approaches to respond to the challenges of achieving sustainable urban food systems in a changing climate. GET MORE by visiting CLIMATE CHANGE URBAN FOOD Initiative dedicated page!

 

 

BUILDING THE CASE FOR CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS

IUFN-French Ministry of Environment STUDY – MEASURING IMPACTS OF CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS  

10-months study, 2015 – Contact : Project manager eleonore.francois (at) iufn.org

Be it bottom-up initiatives led by citizens’ movements, or innovative solutions proposed by local authorities, alternatives to the conventional food systems are popping-up around the world.  Their overarching goal – to feed sustainably local population while being more sustainable. The scale of action vary, though more and more of these initiatives grow within what could be called a city region, a territoire including urban, peri-urban and larger rural areas nearby the city center.  This re-regionalisation of our food systems is today gaining a strong interest from both research community and the decision makers as a new territorial development paradigm. As a emerging concept, city region food systems do not benefit yet from a huge literature, best practices are still scares. Thus today, we are lacking data to assess the impacts (positive and negative) of city region food systems on the territorial level. What benefits in terms of local employment? What impact on local natural resources management? What integration of these strategies in a global regional development scheme? What social integration and what real contribution to local food security?

In order to contribute to this debate IUFN with a support of the French Ministry of Environment (Ministère de l’environnement, du développement durable et de l’énergie) is currently conducting a 10-month study to figure out how to evaluate the impact of city region food systems and to provide first data.Based on the assumption that a sustainable food system should primarily aim at ensuring the food security of local populations, while respecting the sustainable development finalities, the study will first produce an impact assessment of a selection of case studies – local initiatives in the two pioneering territories – the one of Bristol (UK) and the one of Toronto (Canada), widely recognized as pioneers in the field of city region food systems. This preliminary phase shall lead to a city region food systems impact assessment grid design.The second part of the study will then focus on the French context in order to identify the potential levers and obstacles for setting up city region food systems in France.

Learn more about this project: Check the program of a one-day workshop with French food systems stakeholders and decision-makers ‘Developing city region food systems in France‘, held on September 17th 2015 in Paris (France), HQ of Ministry of Environment, La Défense and the report of the working groups (in French only).

The final report scheduled for December 2015 will propose a possible path for city region food systems assessment for initiatives developing in industrialized countries and will offer first reality check with two pilot territories. It will provide specific recommendations for French decision makers in this field and more globally, it shall contribute to a better understanding of city region food systems as a potential alternative to conventional food system.

 

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GOVERNANCE OF CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS

IUFN-IRG Program on FOOD SYSTEM(s) GOVERNANCE(s)

2015-2016 – Contact: Project manager marketa.braine (at) iufn.org

Local authorities, civil society organisations, producers, private enterprises or citizens: who are (or should be) the food system stakeholders? What interactions, what potential conflicts between actors with different aspirations and different interests? To which extent, the actors of the same territory are able to co-design a common vision of a territorial food policy (with link to national and international food and agriculture policies), respecting the planet and the people? What co-responsibility arises from a territorial food policy implementation?

This program has been submitted for funding at the occasion of Carasso Foundation’s Call for Project Innovative Sustainable Food Systems 2015 (results end of October 2015) as a part of a larger program on Territorial food systems governance. GET MORE by visiting the dedicated page.

 

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