ICLEI and FAO release list of 21 cities selected for Urban Food Systems project

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations- FAO have collaborated, once again, to convene the ‚ÄúMulti-sectoral Dialogues on Urban Food Systems in the Global South‚ÄĚ in 2022.

16 de maio de 2022

Altogether, 11 cities from Africa and 10 from Latin America have been selected to participate  in the project .


In common, the cities are either metroes or secondary cities and are committed to the development of governance processes and public policies related to transforming their urban food systems.


In Africa, 11 cities and provinces have been selected to participate in the project engagements. In Latin America 10 out of 21 cities enrolled  were selected.



Check the selected cities in:



  • Kenya: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru;
  • Senegal: Bambilor, Dakar, Kaffrine, Koungheul;
  • South Africa: Gauteng (Johannesburg), KwaZulu Natal (Durban) and Western Cape (Cape Town).


Latin America:

  • Argentina: Godoy Cruz, Perez, Ros√°rio;
  • Brazil: Barcarena, Maric√°, Niter√≥i;
  • Colombia: La Estrella, Rionegro, Sabaneta;
  • Ecuador: Cuenca.




About the project


The aim of the project is to build and consolidate the  processes and mechanisms for promoting multi-stakeholders dialogues on urban food systems as a follow-up to the UN Food Systems Summit established in Africa and Latin America. In so doing, the project will contribute towards strengthening multi-level food system governance linkages between local and national level through supporting the different levels of government to understand their roles in shaping the urban food system. Moreover, as part of the engagements and dialogues,  the project will offer a platform to promote technical knowledge exchange and peer to peer learning between cities as well as a space for them to highlight ongoing food systems initiatives and experiences in their cities.The selected cities will network to improve governance and  public policies aimed at sustainable, circular, fair and resilient food systems.


Project engagements  will take place throughout 2022 with the selected cities. Among the proposed actions are food system labs, webinars to exchange experiences and virtual meetings on urban food systems, among other activities.


The key outcomes from the engagements will inform a strategies document for ‚ÄúBridging the national-local food policy and governance gaps‚ÄĚ as well as ‚ÄúStrategies for supporting countries and cities to implement national food systems pathways.‚ÄĚ These will be incorporated in upcoming events on a regional or global scale, such as the #AfricanCITYFOODMonth Campaign in July, Milan Pact Conference in Rio de Janeiro in October and the Climate COP27, which is due to be held in Egypt in November.



Text: Cibele Carneiro