June 10, 2022
On April 21st 2022, WUWM co-organized the webinar “Building sustainable and resilient food systems: Integrating Market Systems at the Centre of Urban-Rural Linkages” with major actors of the fresh food sector,: UN-Habitat, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Farmers Markets Coalition (WFMC), Market Cities, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Regions4.
The combination of climate change, the impacts of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated just how fragile food systems are. From production to distribution and consumption, the food security of cities and nations are at risk for hundreds of millions of people, both rural and urban. The subject of the technical consultation was integrating market systems at the centre of urban-rural linkages as a pathway to building sustainable and resilient food systems.
The main objectives of the webinar were to:
- Examine the role of market systems – as they are at the center of urban-rural flows of goods, services, people, information, and capital-,
- Exchange policies and practices to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of territorial food systems,
- Showcase innovations of the evolving market systems,
- Share the lessons learned from the impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing crisis.
Click here to read the summary report: https://urbanpolicyplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Building-Sustainable-and-resilient-food-systems_Summary-Report.pdf
The co-organizers and participants in the market systems consultation will carry these messages forward, including into coming 2022 venues and processes including the 9th session of the Africities summit in Kisumu, the 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 11) in Katowice, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, in order to review progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and other global processes.
Stay tuned for more exciting news!