What makes urban food policy happen?

Cities are rising as powerful agents in the world of food and are finding innovative ways to put food policies in place, according to a new report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), for which RUAF served as external reviewer. The report features two of RUAFs partner stories from Nairobi and Toronto.

The report draws lessons from the ways in which five cities around the world have developed urban food policies: Belo Horizonte's approach to food security (Brazil); the Nairobi Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Act (Kenya); the Amsterdam Approach to Healthy Weight (the Netherlands); the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Plan (Canada), and Detroit's Urban Agriculture Ordinance (US).

The report, entitled ‘What makes urban food policy happen? Insights from five case studies’, was presented at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum by lead author Corinna Hawkes. She said: "Hundreds of cities around the world are taking concerted policy action — whether it be to ensure access to decent, nutritious food for all, to support farm livelihoods or to mitigate climate change."

Read the full report and executive summary here.