New Resources

Sustainable Food Systems and Urban Rural Linkages in the New Urban Agenda - Summary Analysis
This draft has been prepared by Thomas Forster, City Region Senior Fellow, EcoAgriculture Partners, with contributions from organizations in the City Region Food Systems (CRFS) Alliance closely following negotiations for the New Urban Agenda from May to September, 2016.


The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and the New Urban Agenda: Improving food security and nutrition are core to sustainable urbanization


Letter to Habitat III - Summary Outcomes from the Milan Pact Technical Workshop and Mayors Summit October 13-14, 2016, Rome Italy


Strengthening Urban Rural Linkages Through City Region Food Systems Paper for a joint UNCRD/ UN Habitat issue of Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 35 on "Urban-Rural Linkages in Support of the New Urban Agenda."


The RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine No30 on Rural-Urban Linkages is a co-production between RUAF and ILEIA Foundation. Rural–urban linkages connect people in cities with people in the countryside on a daily basis. The links are tangible and include markets, migration flows, knowledge exchange, leisure and tourism, ecosystem services, food production and consumption. To support sustainable, fair and resilient food systems, an enabling political and institutional environment is needed. This ‘twin’ issue of Farming Matters and Urban Agriculture Magazine, produced together by ILEIA and the RUAF Foundation, looks at some existing experiences with strengthened rural–urban linkages and what they teach us about improving food systems for both consumers and agroecological farmers.


City Region Food Systems - Building sustainable and resilient city regions


FAO and RUAF Foundation, June 2015


The RUAF Urban Agriculture Magazine No29 on City Region Food Systems addresses the growing attention for policy and practice approaches that focus on food issues from a city-regional perspective, taking into account possible contributions from urban and periurban agriculture and strengthening of urban-rural relations. It features amongst others articles on research and policy development in partner cities involved in the EC funded SUPURBFOOD programme. It also features articles from members from the Global Collaborative on City Region Food Systems.



Publications and Papers


Food in an urbanized world. The role of city region food systems in resilience and sustainable development. (2015)
This report seeks to provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge on city region food systems (CRFS). Its objective is to clarify the 'CRFS' concept and analyse the proposed benefits of pursuing a city regional approach to food policy and planning. It seeks to provide recommended actions that would help stakeholders ensure improvements to food systems outcomes at a city-region level and as a means of implementing a more integrated approach to rural urban development.


City Region Food Systems: Key to sustainable urbanization. (2015)

This document was prepared on occasion of the Habitat III Second Preparatory Committee meeting. It provides a summary of the key points drawn from the Discussion Paper on city region food systems.


City Region Food Systems in the context of sustainable urbanization. (2015)

This document was prepared on occasion of the Habitat III Conference. It provides a brief overview of the fundamental need for the development of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable city region food systems across all contexts. It seeks to integrate urban and rural actors such as small scale producers that are more proximate and distant to urban centre to ensure that these urban centres can meet food and ecosystem services for sustainable urbanization.


The Importance of City Region Food Systems in the New Urban Agenda: Side Event abstract and programme. (2015)
FAO and the International Sustainability Unit of the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation, with support from the city region food system Global Collaborative Group, have organized a side event on occasion of the Habitat III Second Preparatory Committee meeting. This document provides an abstract and the programme of the side event held on 15 April 2015.

City region food systems: Sustainable food systems and urbanization (2014)
CFS41 Side Event 17 October 2014 – FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Final Summary Note 


Call for Global Action City Region Food Systems. (2014)

On occasion of the World Urban Forum 7 – held in Medellin, Colombia – a Call for Action was launched to promote collaboration at the international policy level for sustainable food systems and agriculture. 


City Region Food Systems and Sustainable Urbanization: An overview. (2014)
This draft document provides an overview of the current challenges and the benefits of fostering sustainable city region food systems.


Food in an Urbanised World Report: The role of City Region Food Systems in Resilience and Sustainable Development. (2015)
This draft document was commissioned by ISU. The final version will be published in April 2015. For any feedback, contact the corresponding author


RUAF Topic Papers.
A collection of resource materials on topics, including: urban food systems, urban food policies and strategies, planning process and tools, agriculture in urban design and land use planning, short food chains, marketing  and enterprise development, food security, nutrition and health, productive reuse of wastes and wastewater, emergencies, urban livestock production, agro-forestry, aquaculture and horticulture.



Food for the Cities Global Network.
This discussion list bring together people committed to the work on issues related to food, agriculture, urbanization and cities. It is an online platform offering tools and services that brings together individuals and organisations in the international development community. It promotes an integrated city region approach to food systems.


IUFN – Key players
This website is designed to facilitate the identification of key actors working on sustainable food systems for city-regions around the world to better understand the issues and facilitate engagement at national and international levels.