City Region Food Systems at the MUFPP Africa Forum 2021

On 17th February 2021 RUAF will host an online panel session on City Region Food Systems at the 4th annual Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) Africa Forum, together with FAO and CGIAR’s Water Land and Ecosystems programme.

This year’s MUFPP Africa Forum will be held between 15 and 19 February 2021 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with a hybrid in-person and online programme. The event is organised by the MUFPP secretariat, the City of Ouagadougou, the City of Milan and Foundazione ACRA.

During the four days cities will exchange updates on good city practices and their progress in relation to the commitments made in past Forums. There will be ample space for discussion and work on sustainability issues and food policies especially in light of current global challenges, most notably the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis.

The goal of the Forum is to strengthen MUFPPs African cities network and – more specifically – drafting of a declaration of African cities to present at upcoming international events such as the World Food System Summit held in September 2021.

Assessment of City Region Food System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Pandemics

This session hosted by RUAF provides an introduction to the City Region Food Systems concept, process, and toolkit through the lens of resilience to climate events and pandemic measures. Project leaders from three African pilot cities will share insights from their vulnerability assessments. This will be followed by a technical presentation on the development and use of indicators, including new resources to help signatory cities utilise the Indicator Framework developed for the MUFPP.

Date and time: Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 10:30am -12:00pm (GMT)

Introductory statement:
Guido Santini, FAO CRFS Programme Coordinator

Rene van Veenhuizen,
Senior programme manager, Hivos; RUAF Secretariat

Volatiana Vololontsoa Razafindratoanina,
Regional Director Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries for the Analamanga Region (Madagascar)
Carmen Zuleta Ferrari,
CRFS Programme National Coordinator FAO Madagascar
Christine Mukantwali, CRFS Programme National Coordinator FAO Rwanda
Philip Amoah, Consultant to the regional office for Africa of the International Water Management Institute
Jess Halliday, RUAF Associate, CRFS programme consultant
Joy Carey, RUAF Associate, CRFS programme consultant

Note: Simultaneous French/English interpretation will be provided for all panels (both online and in person)

The City Region Food Systems Programme is a joint initiative between RUAF and FAO Food for Cities, with the support of the CGIAR Water Land and Ecosystems programme and the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University. It is hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

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