Experts tackle the question: ‘How to feed our cities?’

Around half of all people today live in urban areas, and cities will continue to swell in the years ahead. This trend poses challenges for consumers, farmers, the food industry, and municipal and national governments. 

“How to feed our cities: agriculture and rural areas in the era of urbanization” is the theme of next week’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The Global Forum is the intellectual heart of a week-long series of events known as “Green Week.” FAO plays a leading role this year, convening panels on two key topics – food waste and losses, and sustainable urban food systems. 

About a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted every year. Schemes for redistributing food that would otherwise be wasted or lost – while at the same time maintaining safety and nutritional quality – will be examined during FAO’s expert panel discussion on Friday 15 January. Technical experts and representatives of the public and nongovernmental sectors will present their approaches and respond to questions from the audience. 

Making cities safe, resilient and sustainable is among the global goals adopted by world leaders in November 2015. On Friday afternoon, FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena de Semedo will open a high-level panel on how to build sustainable food systems that address urban realities and the urgent needs of the most vulnerable. The panel will feature expertise from the private sector, municipal and local government, and economics, and from several different continents. 

On Saturday 16 January, FAO will be among the exhibitors at the Global Forum’s “cooperation market” (stand no. 6), providing information on the Organization’s work and specifically on the recently launched International Year of Pulses. 

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. Organized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, it convenes representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society to share ideas and enhance understanding on a current topic of agricultural policy. 7 January 2016, Budapest, Hungary

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