OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion

Cities for sustainable food systems

Nov 5, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Food systems globally face the daunting triple challenge of providing food security and nutrition for a growing population, ensuring livelihoods for millions of people working along food supply chains, and doing so while achieving environmental sustainability and moving from a linear to a circular economy. Although these challenges are usually seen through the lens of agriculture and rural development, there is increasing recognition that cities have a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable food systems: as the world is increasingly urbanized, by 2050 an estimated 80% of all food will be consumed in cities. Food systems are seen as a key driver of urban and regional development and livelihoods. As a result, cities are adopting food policies as part of their broader urban development and SDG localization strategies, including in the framework of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact which engages 174 cities worldwide. How can such territorial approaches successfully engage different sectors, stakeholders, and governance levels? In this event, representatives of local and national governments as well as OECD experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing territorial approaches to food systems, and lessons learned from experiences to date.

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