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The EUROCITIES working group food aims to become a “creative hub” for sharing information, ideas, best practices and experimenting innovative solutions related to urban food.


'current food systems are being challenged to provide permanent and reliable access to adequate, safe, local, diversified, fair, healthy and nutrient rich food for all ...cities which host over half the world population have a strategic role to play in developing sustainable food systems and promoting healthy diets...'
 
On 15 October 2015, 117 Mayors across Europe and the world signed the Milan Urban Food Pact (MUFPP), through which they committed, among others, to develop sustainable food systems, to grant healthy and accessible food to all, protect biodiversity and fight against food waste. 

Many cities around the world are already working to implement projects that raise awareness on dietary footprint; fostering the consumption of fresh and healthier products; on food waste prevention, reduction and management; on improved food logistics, on cities’ market system; on food poverty; on changes in public procurement; on food production including rural-urban linkages and on supporting urban agriculture.
 
With this working group, European cities find an area where to cooperate and leanr from each otherwith fellow European cities. 
 
You can find here a short video explaining the work of the Eurocities working group on food until now, as presented by the current chair of the group Andrea Magarini from the city of Milan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b6iUOHBMgc  

The Eurocities working group food areas for collaboration are around the topic of:

• Food governance
• Stakeholder engagement
• Education and training
• Waste and circular economy
• Social inclusion
• Health and well being
• Environment and resiliency
• Urban-rural linkages
• Food finance 
• Procurement
• Food innovation
• Trade and distribution
• Safety and food
 
The main objectives of the group are:

1) INCREASE the knowledge on urban food policies within the WG member cities, exploiting the participation of the European cities in the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact activities.
 
2) INSPIRE the political level and technical workforce inside cities, in order to strengthen governance processes through the implementation of structured urban food policies.
 
3) INFLUENCE European legislation to facilitate the positioning of cities in the different EU policy actions and positioning EUROCITIES as an authoritative counterpart.
 
4) FACILITATE more informal relationships among Food Policy Officers of WG cities, in order to develop and share wider knowledge on different approaches and more productive network activities.
 
For 2020 the agreed priorities for the Workign group are:
 
1) Input the development of the 'Farm to fork' strategy by the European Union;
2) work on food procuremnt and food innovation;
3) support the development on urban food strategies under EU funded projects;
4) Share best practice on how to ensure access to food during the Covid-19 crisis
5) Work on the role on food for the economic recovery.

chair

Andrea Magarini
Milan
Milan Food Policy coordinator

vice chair

Natalia Boitot
Warsaw
International Projects Officer

EUROCITIES staff contact

Anja Katalin De Cunto
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Project coordinator & Policy advisor