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Food Systems for an Urbanizing World


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Airas Htenas
Urban Food Systems for Better Diets, Nutrition, and Health
MAY 17, 2019 - 12:15 PM TO 01:45 PM EDT

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Food Systems for an Urbanizing World

  1. 1. Food Systems for an Urbanizing World Prepared for the IFPRI-organized Policy Seminar on Urban Food Systems for Better Diets, Nutrition, and Health 17 May 2019 Washington, D.C. Aira Htenas Food and Agriculture Global Practice The World Bank Group
  2. 2. Food Systems for an Urbanizing World TRANSFORM framework of interlinked outcomes and enablers Three interrelated channels in urban food systems: modern, traditional, informal Key intervention areas, enablers & instruments Operationalization entry points Presentation outline 2
  3. 3. World Bank Report Food Systems for an Urbanizing World Complements a growing body of international experience of urban food policy initiatives, partnerships and research ▪ Milan Food Pact: Signed by 133 cities for inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban food systems; ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability network ▪ IFPRI: Global Food Policy Report ▪ FAO: Food Systems Toolkit; Framework for the Urban Food Agenda ▪ HABITAT III: Convened partners - >Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All (October 2016) ▪ European Commission ▪ GEF7 Food Systems Impact Programs ▪ Academia: Wageningen, Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Michigan State, Ryerson University, University of the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, University of Capetown ▪ Non-Profits: RUAF, Grow City (California), Fresh & Local (Mumbai), Abalimi (S. Africa), Several Food Banks across the globe….. 3
  4. 4. Three sub-systems comprising the urban food system coexist  The food sector is an estimated US$7+ trillion industry.  Food systems are composed of rapidly evolving modern, traditional and informal sub-systems.  Modern :Supermarkets, restaurants, e-commerce and “new value” consumers are spurring innovation in supply chain management and logistics.  Traditional: Modern retail is growing but fresh food, convenience and diverse services attract consumers to open markets and small independent retailers = more than 60 % of Asian and Africa food sales.  Informal: food vendors and small restaurants cater to the urban poor. Food access is conditioned by lack of housing, transport, time plus income. 4
  5. 5. “R A N S” outcomes represent transformation in the food system focus from one that has been traditionally centered on producing and delivering a sufficient quantity of food for urban populations, to one that underscores the growing and critical importance of these four outcomes. Achieving progress in these outcome areas will be strongly contingent on the ability of countries and cities to establish a set of enabling conditions or “enablers” -> “T-FORM” TRANSFORM framework of interlinked outcome areas and city typology for future food systems 5
  6. 6. Indicative interventions by outcome areas & enablers 6
  7. 7. Emerging WBG engagement in urban food systems Financing and Policy Programs to achieve specific outcomes Monrovia Integrated Development Project State of Maharashtra's Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project Capacity Building and Knowledge Generation/Addressing Knowledge Gaps Urban Food Systems Diagnostic and Metrics Framework (companion report) Urban food governance module (forthcoming companion report) Food Safe & Nutrition Secure Urban Asia Resilient and Inclusive Urban Food Systems in Bolivia 7
  8. 8. Thank you!