“Co-creating resilient and sustainable food systems towards FOOD2030” (‘cities2030’) is a project triggered and entirely designed by IAAD, also key proposal production manager on behalf of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Veneto, Italy).
Cities and regions food systems (CRFS) demand immediate action. ‘cities2030’ proposes consumers must be at the core of solutions.
More than 7.7 billion consumers hold the power to shift 100-year old consumption patterns to meet the requirements for an improved future. The challenges: population overgrowth, rapid urbanisation, vast migration phenomena, climate change and resources scarcity.
9 billion people, most living in cities, 3 billion overweight, and 2 billion without enough food.
Without action toward transition towards sustainable CRFS, the environment will persist being degraded and diminish the world’s capacities to produce quality food for all, whilst decreasing capacities to provide food to all.
CRFS poses a planetary challenge that ‘cities2030’, a new initiative, addresses at local and regional levels, to generate small steps, systemic, pragmatic, actionable, transferable and sustainable solutions.
The project innovative approach have a great opportunity to attract the best researchers, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, cities and all agents of the CRFS as well.
The main goal of ‘cities2030’ is to future proof an effective CRFS via a connected structure centered in the citizen, built on trust, with partners encompassing the entire CRFS.
Over 4 years, 41 pan-European partners commit to work towards the transformation and restructuring of the way systems produce, transport and supply, recycle and reuse food in the 21st century.