As of May 1, 2019, Hivos is the host of the Secretariat of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems, RUAF. Hivos will join the RUAF Global Partnership, host its Secretariat, and take over part of the portfolio and staff of the Dutch-based RUAF Foundation. Having the RUAF Secretariat on board reiterates Hivos’ strong commitment to promote sustainable food for all and develop closer collaboration with cities in its programs.
Processing facilities are a missing link between local food and new markets, however, they face a double challenge: that of matching local production, high fixed operating costs and demand for local products. When thinking about opening new processing facilities for local food, it is necessary to carry out a full value chain assessment first.
The certificate explores the challenges of creating sustainable food systems based on social justice and democratic decision-making that will ensure the right of dignified access to healthy food. The program’s perspective on food security is local and global covering both rural and urban situations.
James Kuhns and Lauren Baker have recently redeveloped a course on Urban Agriculture Policy Making, offered through Ryerson University.. The focus is urban agriculture and city-region food systems, and it includes lots of rich content and great case studies from around the world. Register now - courses start May 6, 2019.
There is a website link of the Urbal project (Urban-driven Innovations for Sustainable Food Systems) available. The aim of Urbal is to build a methodology to help urban innovators, urban policy makers and funders to map the impact pathways of urban food innovations on all food system sustainability dimensions.