In the last years, different crises have harshly pointed out the importance of strength and resilience in sustainable food systems. Besides trying to keep up with fast-paced population growth, cities in Africa have been facing several other crises, such as pandemics, climate change and war.
Covid-19 disrupted food supply chains preventing food produced in rural areas from being transported to cities, consequently leading to significant post-harvest losses and an increase in food prices in urban spaces. Covid-19 accelerated already high youth unemployment, in addition, the Russia-Ukraine war is leading many African countries to think about food sovereignty.
Amidst these challenges are also opportunities on the road to recovery of local food systems. And at Rikolto, for this #AfricanCITYFOODMonth we want to focus on multi-stakeholder collaboration and innovations to strengthen the resilience of cities' food systems.