Food and agriculture for the urban future
Urbanization is our future” and food and nutrition security will always be a daily and critical need for the city dwellers. The link that cities have with agriculture and management of natural resources is still strong and remains important for their sustainability. Due to recent food price crises, with riots occurring in numerous cities, hunger became vocal and food emerged in the political agenda. Conflicts, climate change and extreme natural events and economic turmoil increase food and nutrition insecurity and put millions of people at risk, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable living in urban areas. With the rise of obesity and other non communicable diseases, consumption habits are also getting high in the agenda. In all countries, in order to support sustainable diets, cities need to sustainably bring food and agriculture back on the local agenda in order to promote food system approaches with stronger urban-rural linkages.