Enhancing Sustainability and Resilience to Effects of Climate Change in City Region Food Systems

URL: https://www.fao.org/3/cc0189en/cc0189en.pdf

Today, about 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. The majority of this growth will be in Africa and Southeast Asia. The rapid urbanization and the estimated nine billion world population by 2050 creates enormous challenges to conventional food production and food and nutrition security. At the same time, climate change is posing additional challenges, affecting cities and their surrounding areas. The number of reported climate shocks and stresses (such as droughts, floods, storms, etc.) has almost doubled in the last two decades. An increase in climate change related risks is affecting processes, key infrastructures and stakeholders along the entire food system, in particular, the most vulnerable food system actors. Increasing food prices resulting from disruptions in production and transport directly impact consumers, especially low income groups in city regions that are highly dependent on purchased food. Cities are requesting support to plan interventions to make food systems more sustainable, inclusive and resilient to shocks and stresses, with strong rural urban linkages, including and emphasizing the role of small scale farmers, scaling up resilient and sustainable practices and improving the food system in a holistic manner. The COVID 19 pandemic has added new challenges in meeting the food demands of city region populations, and food chains have been disrupted, worsening already precarious conditions in vulnerable areas. Those traditionally vulnerable have been particularly affected, while new vulnerabilities have also been created. Against this background, the city region food systems (CRFS) programme was established. The programme has been demonstrating its effectiveness in strengthening rural urban linkages and integrating sectors for a more sustainable and resilient food system. The need now is to combine the assessment work based on past and present data with future scenarios on multiple shocks and stresses in the city region contexts.

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Organization Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type of resource Brochures
Year of Release 2022

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