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Urban food policies : markets, catering, urban/rural connexions


International meeting between urban governments, researchers and development stakeholders.






An internatioanl meeting dedicated to sharing knowledge and practices among local governments of cities and urban regions from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, along with research and development actors.

The objective is to contribute through dialogue to a better knowledge and understanding of urban food policies in the world, their construction, modes of action and impacts.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to show that, in addition to national policies and international agreements, cities can also make a vital contribution to food security and sustainable food systems.

Beyond urban agriculture, already known and discussed further, the conference will explore three strategic levers that city and urban region governments can mobilize : markets and logistics (wholesale, retail, transportation, etc. ); catering services (school, popular restaurants, street food, etc.); the new forms of connexions between urban and rural areas (twinning, urban investment in agriculture, etc.).

Representatives from Montevideo (Uruguay), Maputo (Mozambique), Kitwe and Lusaka (Zambia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Medellin (Colombia), Lima (Peru), Quito (Ecuador), Sao Paulo and Curitiba (Brazil) have already confirmed their participation.

We will also be honoured by the presence of Dr Nango Dembele, Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security in Mali who will perfom the concluding conference on Wedndesday 18. 


General program

Monday 16 November, 13h15-17h30, Montpellier Mercadis, field trip.

Monday 16 November, 20h, Montpellier, Hôtel de Métropole, welcome aperitif offered by Montpellier Mediterranée Metropole.

Tuesday 17 November, 8h30-18h, Montpellier, Agropolis International, conferences and workshops.

Tuesday 17 November, 20h, Montpellier, Brasserie du Corum, diner.

Wednesday 18 November 8h30-16h30, Montpellier, Agropolis International,
conferences and conclusions.

> See the program details (often updated). 



See a first video of the meeting here.

(translations and other videos for early 2016)


This conference is organized by the UNESCO Chair on world food systems and the French research center CIRAD together with the French Agency for Development (AFD), the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH), the FAO - Food for the cities program, the RUAF Foundation, the International Sustainability Unit (Part of The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation), the Regions United Organisation (ORU- Fogar) and the Mercadis (Montpellier wholesale market), with the support of Agropolis Fondation, the Daniel and Nina Carasso Fondation, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, the CIHEAM-IAMM and the Montpellier Mediterranée Métropole.