Cities 2030 Main Goal

The main goal of CITIES2030 is to create a future proof and effective UFSE via a connected structure centered  in the citizen, built on trust, with partners encompassing the entire UFSE.

CITIES2030 commit to work towards the transformation and restructuring of the way systems produce,  transport and supply, recycle and reuse food in the 21st century. CITIES2030 vision is to connect short food  supply chains, gathering consumers, strategic and complement industry partners, the civil society, promising  start-ups and enterprises, innovators and visionary thinkers, leading universities and research across the vast  diversity of disciplines addressing UFSE, including food science, social science and big data. Over the coming four years, CITIES2030 aim at raising funds and is expected to attract significant funding from  diverse sources of private and public sector investments. CITIES2030 actively encourage the participation of citizens  by delivering a trusted UFSE, moving consumers from being passive recipients to active engagement and motivated  change agents.

Cities 2030 Objectives

Secure Healthy and Sustainable Food

Stop Food Poverty and Insecurity

Protect and Preserve Natural Resources

Enhance Circularity and Local Food Belts

Develop Food Culture and Skills

Cities 2030 Tools

These objectives is achieved via multiple tools delivered by CITIES2030 such as:

  • the CRFS Alliance, a community of practice supported by a digital platform, reaching all over Europe and  beyond. This approach will enable innovation actions and enhancements on a pan-European scope with a global reach. Cities and regions will improve resilience and sustainability, and their leadership will create short food supply chain and ecosystems enabling local investments, trans-borders and transnational deployment.  
  • a blockchain-based data-driven UFSE management platform will secure intelligence and coordination actions  by delivering an accurate, almost real-time digital twin of the whole supply chain, e.g. from production to waste  management, but also on four key enablers of resilience and sustainability: security, ecosystem services, livelihood  (e.g. growth) and equity (e.g. inclusivity).


CE-FNR-07-2020 globally tackles 12 widely challenging scopes of actions which does not leave without  recalling the 12 labours of a certain hero. CITIES2030 addresses each of these scopes (see section 1.2) to  generate and deploy an actionable roadmap to structure, accelerate and sustain transforming urban food  systems and ecosystems (UFSE), and to deliver frameworks for the production of policies (e.g. action  plans) and innovations (e.g. supporting instruments), towards the democratization and implementation of  sustainable urban food system practice, which will be piloted in real-scale in 10 selected cities. CITIES2030  acknowledges and defines sustainable UFSE as schemes which effectively delivers practical answers to  combined FOOD 2030 all four pillars and UN’s SDG11 policies, and UN’s New Urban Agenda (all policies  referred later as EU-UN11NUA).


Also, CITIES2030 acknowledges and defines food systems per the High Level Panel of Experts on Food  Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security. CITIES2030 activates, accelerates,  structures and generates 10 front-runners EU cities pilots and 2 regions, whilst establishing corresponding numbers of policy and living labs, and further deploys to a total of 50 EU cities pilots by 16.10.2024 on the  World Food Day that year. The aforementioned roadmap is co-created and implemented by 500 actors of the  food chain and systems arena from 19 countries, abiding an open and participatory process, and framed in  policy and living labs.