C40 The Food Systems Network, is developed in partnership with EAT, supports city efforts to create and implement comprehensive solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience throughout the urban food system.
Cities are home to over half the world’s population and are therefore key in driving the adoption of healthy and sustainable diets. Food is a crosscutting issue that implicates multiple sectors, requiring a holistic approach to urban food systems.
The C40 Food Systems Network is helping cities achieve solutions to their most pressing food systems challenges by incorporating both health and environmental considerations into food strategies and activities. The Network aims to strengthen collaboration across countries, sectors and disciplines, leveraging expertise to develop sustainable and healthy food systems.
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. EAT emphasizes the linkages between food, health and sustainability, as well as serving as a bridge between governments, the private sector and civil society. Together, EAT and C40 are uniquely placed to drive the integrated efforts of the Food Systems Network.
The Network builds on the activities of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which was signed by over 100 cities from across the world in October 2015. The Pact aims to engage cities in improving sustainability and health equity in their food systems as well as improving their resilience to both hunger and CO2 emissions.
The Food Systems Network aims to advance food and climate action by sharing knowledge and experiences, learning from best practices, co-creating solutions and developing collaborative projects across countries. Activities are organized into four focus areas, developed according to cities’ priorities:
#1: Food Procurement: Addressing purchases that are controlled by the municipality, for example procurement of food for schools, hospitals and elderly homes.
#2: Food Production: Promoting and strengthening urban and peri-urban food production to support short food chains, reduce building energy demand (cooling and heating) in the production process and mitigate the urban heat island effect.
#3: Food Supply and Distribution: Developing sustainable food transportation and logistics by improving alternative fuels or means of transport; enhancing farmer’s markets, informal markets, retail and wholesale markets; and strengthening the food supply chain to withstand disruptive events such as natural disasters.
#4: Food Waste: Raising awareness of and promoting the food waste “pyramid” – reducing of food loss and waste, facilitating food recovery for people and animals, and improving collection of waste for biogas or fertilizers.
Europe: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Rotterdam, Venice
North America: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington
Latin America: Bogota, Buenos Aires, Curitiba, Mexico City, Quito, Sao Paulo
Asia-Pacific: Auckland, Melbourne Quezon City, Wuhan
Africa: Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Nairobi
The first workshop of the C40 Food Systems Network took place during the 2016 EAT Stockholm Food Forum. It brought together participating cities to discuss common challenges related to planning and implementing food policies and projects, exchange good practices, identify potential solutions and discuss priorities for the coming year.
The Food Systems Network holds an ongoing series of webinars organized around the four Network focus areas. These webinars provide the opportunity for more targeted and in-depth learning on each topic as well as a “safe space” for open discussion and support.