Event: Building a Climate Resilient City Region Food System Through Innovative Strategies and Action Planning in Tamale

Date: June 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 13:00 GMT | 12:00 – 15:00 CEST
Location: Virtual event.
Register: Register here.


Background information

Tamale is the capital city of Northern Region of Ghana, and the most urbanised urban centre in the entire northern Ghana. The character of the food systems in Tamale mirrors those of many secondary cities in Africa or in Ghana. Own food production/ small-scale production for the market is still an important activity, especially in the peri-urban areas and outlying rural communities. Local production (UPA) is particularly important for traditional staples including cereals, leafy vegetables as well as livestock. It means that food flows into the city from faraway locations make a significant contribution to the city’s food system. An estimated 80%-90% of all food distributed in Tamale is sourced within 300 km radius. The Tamale city region food system experiences the greatest direct impacts from several climate-related hazards.

Tamale Independent Food System Dialogue

On June, 30, ICLEI Africa and the Tamale City, in collaboration with RUAF, will be hosting the Tamale Independent Food System Dialogue.

This dialogue is one of 12 city engagements taking place around the continent, and forms part of the 2021 African City Food Exchange, convened by FAO, ICLEI and partners. This process aims to elevate the voices of cities into the UN Food Systems Summit that will take place in September 2021 as well as build consensus around local food system challenges and opportunities that could be raised as part of national, regional and global UNFSS processes.

The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) and key local stakeholders will share their experiences and strategies for a more resilient city-region food system that seeks to minimize the impact and vulnerability to shocks and stresses of climate change. Discussions will include the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tamale’s food system, and the strategies and plans for ensuring continued access to nutritious and safe food in the face of climatic shocks. Additionally, the city and stakeholders will discuss what would be needed at TaMA level to continue to support and facilitate transformation of the CRFS to ensure resilience.

More details on the event and the speakers list: here.