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City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks

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Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5, Canada
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Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
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RUAF/Hivos, Grote Marktstraat 47a, 2511 BH The Hague, The Netherlands
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Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1325; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325
Received: 16 November 2020 / Revised: 13 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 27 January 2021
Using examples from the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper reviews the contribution a City Region Food Systems (CRFS) approach makes to regional sustainability and resilience for existing and future shocks including climate change. We include both explicit interventions under United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO-RUAF) led initiatives, as well as ad hoc efforts that engage with elements of the CRFS approach. To provide context, we begin with a literature review of the CRFS approach followed by an overview of the global food crisis, where we outline many of the challenges inherent to the industrial capital driven food system. Next, we elaborate three key entry points for the CRFS approach—multistakeholder engagement across urban rural spaces; the infrastructure needed to support more robust CRFS; system centered planning, and, the role of policy in enabling (or thwarting) food system sustainability. The pandemic raises questions and provides insights about how to foster more resilient food systems, and provides lessons for the future for the City Region Food System approach in the context of others shocks including climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; sustainable food system; COVID-19; climate change; policy; infrastructure resilience; sustainable food system; COVID-19; climate change; policy; infrastructure
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Blay-Palmer, A.; Santini, G.; Halliday, J.; Malec, R.; Carey, J.; Keller, L.; Ni, J.; Taguchi, M.; van Veenhuizen, R. City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1325. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325

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Blay-Palmer A, Santini G, Halliday J, Malec R, Carey J, Keller L, Ni J, Taguchi M, van Veenhuizen R. City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1325. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325

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Blay-Palmer, Alison, Guido Santini, Jess Halliday, Roman Malec, Joy Carey, Léo Keller, Jia Ni, Makiko Taguchi, and René van Veenhuizen. 2021. "City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1325. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325

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