Climate Change Action Via Food Systems Change

On October 15, 2019,  Barbara Emanuel, Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy, presented “A perspective from the City of Toronto: Food Systems Transformation, Climate Change Action, and Health: seminar at the 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 


The Food and Agriculture Organization recently launched the FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda, which encourages local and national governments to adopt a Food Systems approach in their public policies, in order to face environmental crises and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals also at a local level.


The seminar held by Ms. Barbara Emanuel, Manager of the Toronto Food Strategy, presents a case-study from the city of Toronto, which leveraged on climate change action and a Food Systems approach to improving the life of its communities.


It is an opportunity to understand how Food Systems are able to fight climate crises, fostering sustainable cities with inclusive urban policies that promote safe nutriment and new food procurement strategies: from food loss and waste reduction to influencing the public’s dietary behaviour.


The proposed actions reflect the commitments outlined in the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration, with scientific evidence enforcing the need to introduce this approach at any level, as FAO’s core mission through the Urban Food Agenda.


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