Launch Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies
Today, during the third annual gathering of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), the Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies is officially launched by the University at Buffalo Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab and Community for Global Health Equity, and RUAF. The online database is a valuable resource for local and sub-national governments to learn about food system policies around the globe.
On October 19-21, 2017, the 3rd Annual Gathering and Mayors’ Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) takes place in Valencia, Spain. Representatives from the MUFPP signatory cities will exchange information on the progress made towards implementing sustainable food policies in their cities. Mayors and experts will discuss how to meet the challenges, such as climate change, public policies and healthy diets, sustainable urban food systems and sustainable cities.
In conjunction with the Mayor Summit, on October 19, 2017, FAO and RUAF Foundation host the closing event of their joint programme on assessing and planning sustainable city region food systems (CRFS). During this event they launch a web-based CRFS assessment toolkit, the Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies.
The Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies provides examples of policy – including legislation, plans, funding allocations, and more – as inspiration for sub-national governments seeking to better support their food systems. The database stores PDFs of adopted and/or enacted policies, regulations, and ordinances on a range of food systems topics, from production to waste management. Each policy is coded with a series of categorical search terms that allow users to prioritize the type of policy they wish to view. The database includes categories such as country, policy type, food system sector, level of government, and population size, among others. In addition, each policy is assigned a set of keywords, so that users may search through general topic areas. For greater usability of the database, the PDFs of the policies are in the language of the associated jurisdiction.
This resource is a result of the partnership between the University at Buffalo Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab and Community for Global Health Equity, and RUAF (Global partnership for sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food systems).
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