Cities play a crucial role in shaping food systems. Through the implementation of policies and actions, urban governments can help define what foods are available on the market and at what cost. Having policies that support the availability and affordability of food is increasingly critical as more than 50% of the global population live in cities, with this number expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Cities, however, can rely on rural agriculture and imports to source their food and are quite vulnerable to change.
In this Bite the Talk podcast episode, we dive into the perspective of urban governments, their role and their opportunity to shape city food systems.
Today we chat with experts Panayota Nicolarea, Senior Advisor at the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), Jess Halliday, Associate of the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems, and Sharelle Polack, Programme Lead for the Urban Governance for Nutrition Programme at GAIN. These experts share with us an important platform that will help urban governments with their policy decision making through learning from the experiences of other cities. To learn more about the platform, go to www.foodactioncities.org.