Rikolto through its global programme, "Food Smart Cities”, played a role in this important milestone for the city, as part of the Technical Secretariat lead by Conquito, the Agency for Economic Promotion of Quito Municipality. Conquito, Rikolto and Ruaf Foundation held a series of workshops with farmers, civil society organisations, the agri-food industry, chambers of agriculture and commerce, nutritionists, university professors, researchers and international cooperation in order to strengthen actors' shared responsibility for food governance in Quito.
This process enabled public spaces for discussion and mobilised resources and personnel to elaborate a diagnosis of its urban food system which provided the baseline for a strategy.
Building on the motto “Strength through Unity", Rikolto accompanied the constitution of the multi-stakeholder group called ‘Pacto Alimentario de Quito’ (Litt.: "Quito Food Pact”). This platform aims to raise awareness on food as not merely a nutritional issue, but as an issue that addresses political, economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns. With this vision, the group developed and promoted the signature of the Quito Food Charter and the adoption of the strategy.