Integrated urban food policies

We seek for urban food environments that make ecological food available, affordable and attractive to all citizens.

FoodCLIC (integrated urban FOOD policies – developing sustainability Co-benefits, spatial Linkages, social Inclusion and sectoral Connections to transform food systems in city-regions) will create strong science-policy-practice interfaces across eight European city-regions (45 towns and cities). Food Policy Networks will provide the backbone of such interfaces, which will manage real-world experimental Living Labs to build a policy-relevant evidence base through learning-in-action.

Activities will be informed by an innovative conceptual framework, which emphasizes four desired outcomes of food system integration (sustainability co-benefits, spatial linkages, social inclusion and sectoral connectivities). Capacity-building and direct support for intensive multi-stakeholder engagement (including deprived and vulnerable groups) will enable policy actors and urban planners across partner city-regions to develop continuously evolving integrated urban food policies and render planning frameworks food-sensitive.

ESSRG is assisting Budapest Municipality to develop the Budapest Food Strategy.


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Crop Wild Relatives utilisation for sustainable agriculture

Crop Wild Relatives can contribute to providing more diverse, sustainable, and nutritious food.


Validating the ecosystem benefits of legumes

Will legume cropping across Europe reach the minimum thresholds necessary to optimise sustainable production?


Joined-up land use strategies tackling climate change and biodiversity loss

Urgent and concerted action can stop and reverse unsustainable land use and the over-exploitation of land resources.


Towards resilient European forests

Building the ForestWard Observatory, a pan-European monitoring and evaluation tool, to demonstrate climate change impacts on forests and to guide decision-making for better forest management.