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Resilient city-region food systems policy webinar

Wednesday 16 October 16:00-17:00 CET

This webinar discussed the development and implementation of policies that support a resilient city-region food system. Climate change and urbanization is increasing pressures on global food supplies, which means cities must act now to safeguard the food and nutritional security of their citizens.  Cities can assess the potential threats to the food supply and minimize these through holistic strategies that consider food production, distribution, and consumption within the city-region. 

Stanley Visser from the City of Cape Town discussed urban food assessments, sharing the experience of the City of Cape Town which has recently commissioned a study on urban food systems and food insecurity to inform policy decisions. Download his presentation

Lauren Baker from the Toronto Food Policy Council then discussed the implementation of food systems policies, detailing strategies and lessons learned from over twenty years of municipal food policy development in Toronto. Download her presentation

Marielle Dubbeling, from RUAF Foundation concluded by responding to both presentations with a global perspective on food system assessment, planning, and policy and discuss the resources available to cities through the CITYFOOD network. Download her presentation


Further Reading:

From the Ground Up: Guide for Soil Testing in Urban Gardens

Speaker Biographies


Stanley Visser, Head, Development Facilitation, Economic and Human Development Directorate, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Stanley Visser is an economist working for the City of Cape Town for the last 16 years.  He hails from an agricultural background and started his career as a teacher and moved on to become an economic development planner and policy adviser.  Currently, he holds the position of Head: Development Facilitation and is, inter alia, responsible for investment facilitation and urban agriculture.  Flowing from his experience in policy development and urban agriculture he was recently assigned as project manager to lead the study on Food Systems and Food Security in Cape Town.  The aim of this study is to build an understanding of the various food systems in the City and to formulate an appropriate food system governance model for the city – i.e. what are the roles and responsibilities of all role-players.

Lauren Baker, Food Policy Coordinator, Toronto Food Policy Council, Canada

Lauren Baker is the Coordinator of the Toronto Food Policy Council at Toronto Public Health and the City of Toronto. She is the Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada, a network of civil society organizations and individuals collaborating to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food security in Canada and globally. Lauren has a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University, teaches at the University of Toronto, and is the author of Corn meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico.

Marielle Dubbeling
, Director, RUAF Foundation, The Netherlands

Marielle Dubbeling (MSc.) is the Director of the RUAF Foundation-International network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food security ( Marielle has long experience in policy advise and training on urban and periurban agriculture. Marielle currently coordinates the RUAF involvement in the UN Habitat programme on “Integrating urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in city climate change programmes” and acts as the research coordinator for a project on “Monitoring impacts of urban agriculture and forestry on climate change adaptation and mitigation”.