Implementing the New Urban Agenda: Urban and territorial integration approaches in support of urban food systems
This paper, published in the book series International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy, provides an insight on the opportunities provided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in advancing food systems within the context of urbanisation. To get a clear perspective on the opportunities posed by the NUA, the approach used involves an in-depth analysis of existing literature prior to and leading to the adoption of the NUA. The paper additionally gives an overview of existing policies and activities by a number of actors towards implementation of the NUA. The paper focuses on the role that sustainable urbanisation can play in supporting food systems, especially as it relates to and the application of an integrated territorial approach and urban–rural linkages. The paper also undertakes an extensive review of the NUA as it relates to urban food systems and finally a review of selected documents, processes and actions that may complement the New Urban Agenda in developing sustainable food systems. Section 1 starts with a background of food systems in the context of urbanisation and a background of the processes leading to the development of the NUA. Section 2 gives some reflections of the 1996 Habitat Agenda as it relates to food systems, whilst Section 3 discusses the opportunities for implementation of food systems outlined in the NUA. Section 4 highlights the key global processes and frameworks supporting sustainable urban food systems, and finally, Section 5 makes conclusive statements.