Project ‘Co-creating resilient and sustainable food systems towards FOOD2030’

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), in partnership with 40 pan-European organisations and under coordination of Università Ca’ Foscari (Venice, Italy), has received a grant from the European Commission programme Horizon2020, under the call ‘FOOD 2030 – Empowering cities as agents of food system transformation’.

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Main goal
The main goal of Cities2030 is to future proof an effective cities’ and regions’ food system (CRFS) via a connected structure centred in the cities, built on trust, with partners encompassing the entire CRFS. Cities2030 proposes consumers must be at the core of solutions.

More than 7.7 billion consumers hold the power to shift 100-year old consumption patterns to meet the requirements for an improved future. Over 4 years, 41 pan-European partners will work on restructuring and transforming the way in which we produce, supply, recycle and consume food in the 21st century. Cities2030’s vision is to connect to and develop short food supply chains, gathering consumers, industry partners, the civil society, promising start-ups and enterprises, innovators and visionary thinkers, leading universities and research, across the vast diversity of disciplines addressing CRFS, including food science, social sciences and big data.

Approach
Cities2030 actively encourage the participation of citizens by delivering a trusted CRFS, moving consumers from being passive recipients to active engagement and motivated change agents. This approach will enable innovation actions and enhancements on a pan-European scope with a global reach. Cities and regions will improve resilience and sustainability, and their leadership will create short food supply chains and ecosystems enabling local investments, cross borders and transnational deployment.

A block chain-based data-driven CRFS management platform will secure intelligence and coordination actions by delivering an accurate, almost real-time digital twin of the whole supply chain, e.g. from production to waste management, but also on four key enablers of resilience and sustainability:

  • Security
  • Ecosystem services
  • Livelihood (e.g. growth)
  • Equity (e.g. inclusivity)

Pilots in cities and regions
Cities2030 demonstrates and deploys an actionable roadmap to structure, accelerate and sustain transforming CRFS, and delivers frameworks for the production of policies (e.g. action plans) and innovations (e.g. supporting instruments), towards the democratization and implementation of sustainable urban food system practice, which will be piloted in real-scale in 9 selected cities which are Bremerhaven (Germany), Bruges (Belgium), Haarlem (The Netherlands), Iaşi (Romania), Murska Sobota (Slovenia), Quart de Poblet (Spain), Seinäjoki (Finland), Velika Gorica (Croatia), Vejle (Denmark), Vicenza (Italy) and 2 regions, Vidzeme (Latvia) and Troodos (Cyprus). Cities2030 activates, accelerates, structures and generates pilots in these cities and regions by establishing policy and living labs, to be further deployed to a total of 50 EU cities pilots by 16 October 2024 on the World Food Day that year.

Objectives
Cities2030 is a cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder effort to assist cities and regions in implementing sustainable cities and regions food systems (CRFS) and achieve five specific objectives:

  • Secure healthy and sustainable food
  • Stop food poverty and insecurity
  • Protect and preserve natural resources
  • Enhance circularity and local food belts
  • Develop food culture and skills

Flag of EuropeThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This press release reflects the views only of the author, and all partners of the project Cities2030 and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.