28 Nov 2018

CITIES ARE AT RISK OF HUNGER: HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION LIVES IN URBAN AREAS, BUT CURRENT FOOD SYSTEMS ARE INSUFFICIENT

• A new study “Food & Cities” presented at the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s 9th Annual Forum shows that cities can make sizeable contributions to reaching the UN’s 2030 the Sustainable Development Goals

• The study presents seven case studies (New York, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Ouagadougou, Tel Aviv, Seoul and Sydney) showing what cities are doing to solve food waste and hunger 

• 821 million people around the world suffer from hunger (+4.6% from 2017) creating a “city alert” given that 80% of population will live in cities by 2050 




In Sydney, at this very moment, 17,000 people (8.5% of the Australian city’s population) cannot afford to buy food. But Sydney and other cities like it are fighting hunger and food waste with a host of new tactics. Seoul has invested $2.5 billion to guarantee that its poorest inhabitants have balanced and healthy meals in its school cafeterias. The city of Milan is waging war against food waste, since family buying habits and mistakes in eating habits account for over 40% of discarded food. These are a few of the facts that emerge from the study “Food & Cities – the role of cities in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals” carried out by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) with the Milan Municipality, the city’s Food Policy Office and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat and presented at the 9th International Forum for Food and Nutrition that took place in Milan on November 27 and 28. 

The study was produced in collaboration with over 70 experts and members of city governments from around the world. It takes a snapshot of some of the planet’s largest urban areas, suggesting possible solutions to apply on a global level in order to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the United Nations in its Agenda 2030. In-depth case studies of New York, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Ouagadougou, Tel Aviv, Seoul and Sydney – strategic centers that are looking at food through a sustainability lens – show how they are trying to solve some of the most common problems. 

Food and the way we produce and consume it has a direct impact on climate change, and it is more urgent now than ever to have a new approach to producing and eating food in a more sustainable way. The study Food & Cities aims to make recommendations to policy leaders and politicians, but also to corporate executives and international organization professionals about ways to enact the necessary change to transform our food production system. Cities must take a central role in guiding us all: by exchanging information and best practices, by involving residents in decision-making processes, by developing benchmarks to monitor progress, by creating and implementing concrete solutions to reduce emissions and increase resilience. We hope this study can help promote a global exchange of ideas,” said Marta Antonelli, PhD, BCFN Foundation Research Programme Manager.


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