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Food For Cities Website Launched

At present more than 50 percent of the world’s population is living in urban areas and it is expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050. This causes an enormous challenge to conventional food production and supply. Food and nutrition security of poor urban populations is and remains at risk as a consequence of the volatility and rapid increases in food prices, natural disasters and climate change effects. This calls for global action.

Building resilient food systems for the future by integrating rural and urban areas and strengthening their linkages – with the involvement of all stakeholders – will benefit both small farmers and the urban poor.

The work is being carried out in collaboration with the RUAF Foundation’s CityFoodTools project and it is implemented in 8 city regions around the world:

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Kitwe, Zambia
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Scarborough Fare: ASFS/AFHVS/CAFS Annual Meeting and Conference plus Pre-Conference, June 22-26, 2016

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is pleased to host the Joint 2016 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Canadian Association for Food Studies – the first time the three organizations have met together. The conference theme, “Scarborough Fare: Global Foodways and Local Foods in a Transnational City,” emphasizes the changing nature of food production, distribution, and consumption as people, goods, foods and culinary and agricultural knowledge move over long distances and across cultural and national borders. Read more

Alimentation, santé, bien-être : “Je suis ce que je mange ?”

5e colloque annuel de la Chaire UNESCO Alimentations du mondeVendredi 29 janvier 2016 de 8h30 à 17h30
Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de la Gaillarde – Amphithéâtre Philippe Lamour
2, place Pierre Viala – 34060 MontpellierPour son 5e rendez-vous annuel, la Chaire Unesco alimentations du monde aborde les liens complexes qui unissent alimentation, santé et bien-être.Entre autres tendances, les comportements d’abondance et l’excès de consommation de graisses animales, sucre et sel induisent une augmentation des maladies non transmissibles (maladies cardiovasculaires, diabète de type 2 et obésité). Avec le développement de ces pathologies, on observe une forme de médicalisation de l’alimentation.

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RUAF Update Dec 2015

The latest update includes:

  • City of Windhoek promotes urban agriculture
  • City region food system assessment started in 7 cities
  • Workshop: safe use of wastes for urban and peri-urban agriculture in Kenya
  • Value chain development and policy review for local agriculture in Gaza
  • Developing a city strategic agenda for the Tamale Metropolis

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Urban Food Strategies

The School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University is collating urban food strategies as part of their research on the role of cities in fashioning sustainable food systems. If you want your urban food strategy to be considered for this research, please contact Dr Roberta Sonnino at SonninoR@cardiff.ac.uk. The strategies will also be analysed as case studies in their MSc on Food, Space and Society. And anyone interested in understanding what these conversations sound like in Europe would do well to check the the Food, Space and Society Facebook page regularly—what a fantastic resource! Here are two quick snippits from that page:

  1. UNESCO & LFDA Conference ‘Which aspects of animal life are consumers referring to when they talk about animal welfare? How marketing, media and science affect the public understanding of animal welfare’.
  2. The elephant in the room at Paris climate talks: why food production must change

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