International Debate on Urban Food Policies – Markets, Catering Services, rural/urban connections
There has been an interesting discussion around local town projects on food security and sustainable food systems 16th – 18th November 2015 at Agropolis International, Montpellier, France.

The event was being co-organised by UNESCO Chair on world food systems, chair created by Montpellier SupAgro in 2011 and which has been organizing, since its creation, various very up-to-date events on world food systems and in particular on urban food systems.

As this is a topic which concerns us all, the participants included: public figures, private individuals, sustainable development professionals and researchers of many nationalities and from around the world.

Through showcasing concrete examples from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Latin America this event was the opportunity for stimulating debate and comparing experience. The fruit of this discussion will inspire new towns to get involved in similar projects, underlining the possibility of setting up pertinent schemes by town councils which will reinforce the impact of their local community member’s projects, their specific national policy and will enhance international agreements to promote food security and sustainable food systems.

Organised as part of the Surfood Programme by Unesco chair on world food systems and CIRAD Agricultural Research Centre in partnership with AFD the French Development Agency, FAO Food for the Cities Programme, the RUAF Foundation Ressource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security Programme, Fogar the United Regions Organisation, the International Sustainability Unit, Mercadis Montpellier wholesales, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation FPH for the Progress of Mankind .

With support from Agropolis Fondation, Daniel and Nina Carasso Fondation, the Francophone University Agency and Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole.

For further information:

Urban food policies website

UNESCO Chair World Food System website


Last update : 20/11/2015