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G4 - Tools and methods for city region food system assessment and planning

Session Description

Facilitator: Guido Santini, Program Coordinator, Food for the Cities, UN-FAO, Rome, Italy

Presenters:

  • Alexandra Rodríguez Dueñas, Urban Agriculture Program, Metropolitan Agency for Economic Promotion CONQUITO, Municipality of Quito, Ecuador 
  • Pay Drechsel, Leader, Water Quality and Health, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Sally Miller, Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, Toronto
  • Alison Blay-Palmer, Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada


Organized in cooperation with RUAF Foundation and technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Several cities are embarking on assessments of the sustainability and resilience of their city region food system, with views to identifying food system vulnerabilities, strengths and data and policy gaps. Such assessment forms the basis for policy and strategy planning, interventions and monitoring, seeking to improve the performance of the food system. 

This session will explore different tools, methodologies and approaches on city region food system assessment and planning to build local food strategies towards sustainability and resilience. The FAO-RUAF programme on City Region Food Systems will present assessments from Quito and Toronto that looked at the role the city region food system can play in enhancing food security and nutrition, employment creation in the food system, improved environmental management and urban-rural linkages. The International Water Management Institute will present recent research from Ghana and Burkina Faso on food sheds and join IWMI-RUAF-FAO assessment work in Colombo on city region food systems from a perspective of climate resilience. Finally, an FAO-RUAF internet-based toolkit for city region food system assessment will be presented that builds on ongoing work in 8 cities around the world. The plenary discussion will focus on how methods and tools of these assessments can be scaled and replicated in other cities.