What is a “city region food system” and why should policy makers care?
This brief answers those questions and more.
Creating resilient, sustainable city region food systems with durable and equitable urban rural linkages will require support at all levels of government.
5 Key Recommendations
- Integrated challenges to both urban and rural landscapes from economic, ecosystem and health pressures call for integrated city-region planning beyond the current ‘silos’.
- Equity, poverty reduction and economic development can be integrated by linking secure access to resources and land tenure and including all stakeholders in a rights-based approach to development.
- Agriculture and ecosystem management can be linked to achieve objectives for climate change resilience and mitigation, secure clean water supplies and biodiversity conservation.
- Health, food and nutrition security can be enhanced by improved city-region ecosystem management that relates the health of ecosystems directly to sustainable diets for all.
- Numerous tools and strategies for integrating objectives of sustainable city region development exist and need to be scaled up with support from national and international levels.
The issue brief is based on the report City Regions as Landscapes for People, Food and Nature.