The world is experiencing unprecedented urban growth. Today, over half of the global population is urban and by 2050 an additional 2.5 billion people are expected to live in urban areas. This framework defines the Urban Food Agenda as the vast range of policies, programmes and initiatives developed and implemented by national and sub-national governments, jointly with different stakeholders from the public and private sectors, to enhance food security and nutrition and sustainable development in urban areas and in the rural areas under their influence.
The process of urbanization spans diverse socio-spatial forms (mega-cities, smaller but rapidly growing cities, towns, conurbations, suburbs, rural villages and hinterlands), creating a patchwork of uneven geographies. The importance of developing a framework to address the Urban Food Agenda is based on the need to address the complex interconnected social, economic, environmental, political and cultural processes that shape these geographies and their implications for food systems. Focusing on the urban landscape does not imply a simple orientation towards food in cities, but instead draws attention to the (re)connections, (dis) locations and (in)justices that can be reworked through institutional and governance practices that place participatory action and decision-making at the centre of an agenda to develop resilient, sustainable food systems through harmonization of international trade and local production with solid rural-urban linkages.
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