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Food Systems in European Cities

Project description

Promoting urban-rural governance to transform food systems

The development of resilient and sustainable food systems within urban centres and rural areas surrounding cities is vital to foster food security and nutrition, as well as economic development and sustainable natural resources management. Citizen-led city region food systems (CRFS) can prove useful. The EU-funded FoodE project aims to accelerate the growth of CRFS by bringing together local initiatives across Europe and co-developing and disseminating new tools to promote and bolster citizen-driven food systems. The project will encourage local communities to work in line with the EU sustainable development goals. It will define the operational methodology for the assessment of CRFS and promote cooperation between European CRFS.


Diversity of European cities and regions creates barriers to the demonstration of systemic food-related innovative approaches valuable in so different contexts. Objective of FoodE is to accelerate the growth of citizen-led City/Region food systems (CRFS) by bringing local initiatives across Europe together, as well as co-developing and disseminating a range of tools - co-designed with academia, citizens, and food system start-ups - to ensure that the most up-to-date cross-sectorial knowledge is applied. Start-ups will also provide an in-depth understanding of the needs of the key stakeholders, making resilient citizen-driven food systems happen. The key challenge is then to aggregate the most sustainable models of CRFS and enable co-creation of innovative pilot experiences, fostering the health and wellbeing of European citizens. This challenge will be tackled by setting a co-created mechanism, based on Citizen Science and Responsible Research and Innovation principles, where public authorities, citizens, business actors and non-profit organisations share ideas, tools, best practices and new models, supporting cities in becoming innovative food hubs.
The outputs of FoodE will impact on job creation, promotion of local economy, strengthening the role of local communities in complying with Sustainable Development Goals, as well as identifying and strengthening relations between the different actors of the food chain. The way used by FoodE to achieve this goals consists of the following steps:
- Define an operational methodology for the assessment of CRFS.
- Promote cross-pollination between European CRFS.
- Contribute to increase access to affordable, safe and nutritious food.
- Create a tool mobilising CRFS stakeholders in sustainability assessment.
- Upscale the output to other EU cities.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 099 684,02
40126 Bologna

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Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 099 684,02

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