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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1455; doi:10.3390/su9081455

Assessing and Planning Sustainable City Region Food Systems: Insights from Two Latin American Cities

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RUAF Foundation; Leusden 3830 AK, The Netherlands
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Food for the Cities programme, Rome 00153, Italy
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Office Medellín, Medellín, Colombia
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Metropolitan Agency for Economic Development CONQUITO, Quito, Ecuador
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Consultant for RUAF Foundation, Quito, Ecuador
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Received: 31 May 2017 / Revised: 27 June 2017 / Accepted: 24 July 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue City Region Foodscapes)
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In the context of growing urbanisation, urban poverty, and climate change impacts, the importance of urban food security and urban food systems is increasingly recognised by both local and national governments, as well as international actors. There is also a growing understanding that urban development and food systems cannot be decoupled from rural development given the multiple impacts that urban areas have on their surroundings. In recent years the concept of City Region Food Systems (CRFS) has emerged as a promising approach to support local governments, policy makers, and multi-stakeholder bodies in making informed decisions to improve urban and regional food system sustainability and resilience, while taking into account a more integrated approach to territorial development across urban and rural areas. This paper is based on an ongoing FAO and RUAF programme of assessing and planning City Region Food Systems, currently implemented in eight city regions in Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Senegal, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, and Zambia. The paper analyses the content, definition and delimitations of the concept of City Region Food Systems by presenting two case studies from Latin America (Quito and Medellín), and discusses first advances in policy uptake and territorial food planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: city region food systems; food planning; governance; urban food provisioning; urban-rural linkages; resilience; food system assessment city region food systems; food planning; governance; urban food provisioning; urban-rural linkages; resilience; food system assessment
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Dubbeling, M.; Santini, G.; Renting, H.; Taguchi, M.; Lançon, L.; Zuluaga, J.; de Paoli, L.; Rodriguez, A.; Andino, V. Assessing and Planning Sustainable City Region Food Systems: Insights from Two Latin American Cities. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1455.

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