RUAF Foundation provides advisory services at various levels:
- At the international level RUAF assists international organisations (FAO, UN Habitat, UNEP, the World Bank, ICLEI, Heifer International) in the development of their own policies and programmes regarding cities, food and agriculture through the production of scoping and discussion papers, assistance in the preparation and implementation of expert consultations, and the joint organisation of exchange and policy dialogue sessions on cities, food and agriculture at international conferences, including the World Urban Forum, Resilient Cities and the World Water Week.
- At the national and city level RUAF provides technical assistance regarding the design of national and local policies and projects on urban food and agriculture as part of RUAF’s main programmes (see “Cities Farming for the Future” and “From Seed to Table” in the Projects section of this website) and as specific projects or advisory services.
- At the project level RUAF provides technical assistance (both on location and through coaching at a distance) to the project partners regarding the various technical, socio-organisational and other aspects of their projects.
When providing policy advice and technical assistance, the RUAF Foundation puts heavy emphasis on strengthening local capacities, institutional development and south-south-north networking and joint learning.
The RUAF Foundation holds seats on international advisory boards, including the ICLEI Resilient Urban Food Systems Forum; the UNEP/START Knowledge assessments on climate change and urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; the International Urban Food Governance Network; the Advisory Committee of the Communitas project on Sustainable Urbanization (a joint effort by Tellus Institute, ICLEI, nrg4SD and UN Habitat, with the support of the Ford Foundation), the course programme committee of the Ryerson University and Toronto Food Policy Council course on municipal food strategies; and the Steering Committee of the SURFOOD (Sustainable Urban Food Systems) programme.