Technical support to the City of Milan and other cities in urban food planning

The City of Milan has led a process with partner cities to elaborate an Urban Food Policy Pact that aims to build awareness on urban food systems, policies and practices and harness political engagement from cities for future activities on related issues. Over 120 cities have currently signed the Pact. The International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture (IPSA) in collaboration with RUAF Foundation and FAO Food for Cities acted as a technical advisory team to support this process. Please find here the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and Framework for Action in different languages.

The technical team also published an e-book  with Selected Good Practices from Cities that can serve as inspiration. You can download the e-book here: /publications/good-urban-food-policy-practices-cities

As part of the follow up to the Milan Pact, RUAF, in collaboration with other organisations, continues to support several of the signatory cities with technical and policy advise. RUAF also continues to support international agenda setting, including lobbying for integration of urban food security and city region food systems in the New Urban Agenda. See also this report.

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact – currently signed by 131 cities world-wide.

On 15 October 2015, 116 cities across the world signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and Framework for Action. The Pact was presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on 16 October – World Food Day. 


1 We will work to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse, that provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights-based framework, that minimise waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change;

2. We will encourage interdepartmental and cross-sector coordination at municipal and community levels, working to integrate urban food policy considerations into social, economic and environment policies, programmes and initiatives, such as, inter alia, food supply and distribution, social protection, nutrition, equity, food production, education, food safety and waste reduction;

3. We will seek coherence between municipal food-related policies and programmes and relevant subnational, national, regional and international policies and processes;

4. We will engage all sectors within the food system (including neighbouring authorities, technical and academic organizations, civil society, small scale producers, and the private sector) in the formulation, implementation and assessment of all food-related policies, programmes and initiatives;

5. We will review and amend existing urban policies, plans and regulations in order to encourage the establishment of equitable, resilient and sustainable food systems;

6. We will use the Framework for Action* as a starting point for each city to address the development of their own urban food system and we will share developments with participating cities and our national governments and international agencies when appropriate;

7. We will encourage other cities to join our food policy actions.

*The Pact is accompanied by a voluntary Framework of Action that consists of 37 provisions in 6 thematic areas, including governance, sustainable diets and nutrition, social and economic equity, food production, food supply and distribution and food waste reduction and recovery.