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Food Cities 2022 Learning Partnership

Food Cities 2022 Learning Partnership is an exciting new initiative that supports cities to develop and implement city led food policies and action plans. We are building a network of cities who are developing their food agendas, with a particular focus on low to middle income countries in the Commonwealth. Through the partnership, we will be offering responsive support and advice through a combination of events, resources, peer-to-peer learning and access to experts. See here for the Food Cities 2022 Concept Note.

Cities who join the Food Cities Learning Partnership will receive the following benefits:

  1. Templates for policy briefings, action plans and strategies.
  2. Access to the learning platform which will host webinars and activities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (2022).
  3. Active participation in events and an opportunity to present challenges, opportunities,and expertise.
  4. Advocacy support to secure senior leadership commitment and resources to encourage political buy-in.
  5. Opportunities for peer-to-peer learning as well as mentoring by partnership organisations.
  6. Participation in international meetings such asC OP26, UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), MUFPP, Nutrition For Growth and the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Birmingham, UK.
  7. Introductions to national and international policy makers and agencies to support food policy development and implementation.

The Food Foundation is now looking to engage low to middle income countries in the Commonwealth through the Food Cities 2022 Learning Partnership. To express interest in participating on behalf of your Local Authority, please complete this form 

A Food Cities 2022 online Learning Platform is being created, providing cities with access to resources, news and guidance on developing city food strategies. This will launch in late August. 

As part of the learning partnership We will be running a series of webinars which will be tailored to cities participating in the partnership.

Our first series, A Food Strategy For Your City, launches on 23rd June. This webinar series will give cities who are planning or beginning to develop a city food strategy practical information to inform and inspire their own strategies. We will explore the scope of a strategy, who can or should be involved in its development, practical policies and levers to enable food system transformation and how to implement your strategy so it delivers positive change.

We are excited to be delivering this series in partnership with Eat Right India’s Eat Smart Cities Challenge, MUFPP and SHEFS. 

Webinar registration links:

1. How are cities developing food strategies? 
10:00am GMT • 23/06/21
2. What does a food strategy include? – Safe and nutritious diets
10:00am GMT • 07/07/21
3. What does a food strategy include? – Sustainable food systems: Environment, economy and resilience
10:00am GMT • 22/07/21
4. Your city, your strategy – Engaging stakeholders and citizens in the development of your strategy
10:00am GMT • 04/08/21
5. Your city, your strategy – Data, audits and mapping
10:00am GMT • 18/08/21
6. Turning strategy into action – Implementing your strategy through leadership and partnerships
10:00am GMT • 01/09/21
7. Turning strategy into action – Creating a Good Food Movement
10:00am GMT • 08/09/21

In this introduction to the series, 4 experts outline why cities are developing food strategies and what role cities can play in transforming food systems at local and global levels.  

Watch the rest of the series back here on the A Food Strategy For Your City playlist.