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    Purpose The City Region Food System (CRFS) indicator framework is a practical assessment and planning tool designed to help cities to: Assess the current status and performance of a city region food system following a whole-system approach Identify priority areas for action with clear desired outcomes and ways of measuring change Help with planning strategy […]

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    This City Region Food System (CRFS) toolkit provides guidance on how to assess and build sustainable city region food systems. It includes support material on how to: define and map your city region; collect data on your city region food system; gather and analyse information on different CRFS components and sustainability dimensions through both rapid and in-depth assessments; and how to use a […]

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    A holistic food system approach involving all stakeholders is key to solving the urgent and interconnected challenges that our world is currently facing. A new retrospective study shows the degree to which the program’s Food Change Labs in Zambia and Uganda used systems thinking to successfully kick-start the transformation of local food systems in these […]

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    Interventions to improve the sustainability and nutrition of food can be misdirected when based on assumptions about people’s priorities and level of knowledge. When citizens have the capacity to act on their own priorities — in other words when they have agency — there is the potential to achieve better and more durable outcomes. This […]

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    This reflection paper documents the results of three multi-stakeholder initiatives (MAIs) that have come about through Hivos and IIED’s Sustainable Diets for All programme: the Food Parliament in Buikwe, Uganda; the Food Change Lab in Zambia; and the La Paz Food Council in Bolivia. The paper aims to strengthen our understanding of MAIs by showing […]

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    A holistic food system approach involving all stakeholders is key to solving the urgent and interconnected challenges that our world is currently facing. A new retrospective study shows the degree to which the program’s Food Change Labs in Zambia and Uganda used systems thinking to successfully kick-start the transformation of local food systems in these […]

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    Informal food systems contribute to the food and nutrition security of hundreds of millions of people around the world, particularly in the global South. But the concept of sustainable diets – which brings together global priorities around food and nutrition security, environmental protection and economic affordability – is built around the formal food systems of […]

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    Author: Alexandra Rodríguez, Economic Development Agency, CONQUITO, Head of AGRUPAR Gender justice and women’s empowerment are central to Quito’s participatory urban agriculture project, AGRUPAR, both as a means of food security and nutrition and as a final goal. This article provides insights into how gender-related data informs the project, the threats faced by women farmers, […]

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    The new issue of Urban Agriculture Magazine (UAM37), Gender in Urban Food Systems, is now published. The articles in this issue identify the ways in which gender and inclusivity have been neglected in urban food policy, practice and research. The editors call upon the international community to lead the way in enabling truly transformative actions […]