How to ensure access to good food for all in a rapidly urbanising world?

The world is becoming ever more urban. Today already more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. The continuous increase of urban population is due to factors like rural-urban migration, natural disasters or livelihood insecurities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s cities is a pressing challenge in this changing world. Delivering nutritious food to cities is a complex problem that is also challenged by natural resource scarcity, climate change, and population growth, adding pressure to food systems globally. Against the background of these developments, achieving urban food and nutrition security calls for integrated and innovative solutions.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Thu 8 December 2016 09:00 to 14:00

Venue Impulse Building

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) organises this half-day seminar to address the topic of access to good food for citizens and consumers.

The objective is to highlight the urgency for integrated research and policy for urban food and nutrition security. Current insights will be presented on the challenges faced by urban citizens to get physical, social and economic access at all times to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantity and quality to meet their dietary needs and food preferences, supported by a safe living environment allowing for a healthy and active life.

This seminar is an integral part of CDI’s short course Market Access for Food Security. The participants of the course (mid-career professionals in agri-food sectors in Africa and Asia) will also be participating in the event.


Remco Rolvink

Jan Eelco Jansma

Scientist urban-rural relations at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

René van Veenhuizen

Researcher sustainable city food policy at RUAF foundation

Lara Sibbing

Strategic policy advisor at Ede municipality