City region food systems (CRFS) encompass the complex network of actors, processes and relationships to do with food production, processing, marketing, and consumption that exist in a given geographical region that includes a more or less concentrated urban centre and its surrounding peri- urban and rural hinterland; a regional landscape across which flows of people, goods and ecosystem services are managed.


The term ‘City region’ refers not only to megacities and the immediate, proximate rural and agricultural areas surrounding them, but also to small and medium-sized towns that can serve to link the more remote small-scale producers and their agricultural value chains to urban centres and markets in developing countries.


A city region food system approach recognises that there is great diversity between contexts, the nature of urbanisation, sizes of urban centre (from small and intermediate towns to megacities), types of food systems, and nature of ties with the surrounding countryside and rural populations.




Improved rural-urban connectivity is critical to achieve sustainable food systems, and the city region food system framework provides a manageable approach.



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This approach can assist national and local governments to plan in an integrated way for the equal provision of services in urban and rural areas and its inhabitants.



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