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.
In our seminar on 8th of December we address the issue of access. This seminar on the 19th of January will focus on smart solutions to secure urban food supply. Here we ask questions such as: what are the opportunities for supply in urban contexts, how can innovative business models be designed and smart linkages made between producers and retailers of food?
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.
- Marielle Dubbeling - Director of RUAF Foundation
- Marc Wegerif – Researcher and WUR PhD candidate on Food and Land Policy
- Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
- Feeding the Cities project
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.