Between 29 January and 4 February 2018, representatives from 6 Regional Offices and Rikolto’s International Office met to design Rikolto’s International Food Smart Cities programme for the next four years.
Rikolto’s Food Smart Cities cluster was initiated in the margins of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, in October 2016. Shortly after, the founding members Quito (Ecuador), Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and Ghent (Belgium) were joined by the cities of Solo (Indonesia), Da Nang (Vietnam) and Arusha (Tanzania), covering 4 continents. United by a shared interest in developing more sustainable urban and rural food systems, those cities are working with 6 regional Rikolto offices to implement policies and practices that contribute to fair, sustainable, and healthy food systems. In order to do so, the Food Smart Cities Cluster is adopting a three-tier approach:
- Level 1: Pilot level: Develop and disseminate innovative and scalable practices at the city region level (urban and rural) that contribute to sustainable, fair and healthy food systems.
- Level 2: City to city level: Facilitate sharing of experience and peer to peer learning among cities in close collaboration with International Networks such as the City Food Network.
- Level 3: International agenda: Contribute to advocacy platforms for cities, especially the Milan Plan for Action, the new Urban Agenda, and the SDGs.