- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
FAO is engaged in various activities that address urban food security and nutrition, whereby further collaboration is sought with other UN agencies, donors, governments and multi-stakeholders, particularly for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. This side event will focus on the need for optimizing interventions in rural and urban areas for reaching food security and healthy diets. The participants will get an opportunity to discuss recent experiences of investments for developing integrated food planning strategies and policies and improving food systems. These may include food charters, projects on school catering, promotion campaigns of healthy foods, supporting programs to physical access to healthy foods in food desert areas, urban gardening, food waste management, strengthening urban-rural linkages, developing urban and peri-urban forestry and green infrastructure, etc. These issues are receiving growing attention worldwide and are a key resource for a better understanding of the importance and necessity of investing in urban food systems. This side event will discuss the key entry points to guide and facilitate investment plans aiming at food security and improved nutrition in cities.