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Integrating urban forestry, urban agriculture and urban food systems in urban and territorial planning to enhance resilience and the health and wellbeing of urban dwellers (focus Africa)

Simone Borelli


date June 30, 2022 | 10:00 - 12:45
Multifunction Hall Room 1
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Greener Urban Futures
TE 33


The main objective of the “FAO Green Cities Initiative” is to increase people’s wellbeing through better availability of and access to products and services provided by urban and peri-urban forestry, agriculture and food systems, improving the urban environment, strengthening urban rural linkages, the resilience of urban populations to external shocks and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation while ensuring access to healthy diets from sustainable systems. To address the challenges listed above, national and sub-national governments need to rethink the way in which they plan urban and peri-urban areas identifying more inclusive, resilient and green ways to assure the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of their people. The training event aims at addressing and outlining some of the challenges that impinge the relation between planning policies and food policies and to address, through the interaction among the participants, actions that possibly provide effective solutions. 1200/2000


1. Improving knowledge on the cross-sectoral and systemic approach on urban planning approaches and areas related to the FAO Green Cities initiative 2. sharing the results and lessons learned from projects/initiatives led by local governments and stakeholders 3. Defining capacity development needs in terms of integrated urban planning on agriculture, food systems and forestry/green spaces 4. Raise awareness on the relationship between planning policies and food policies 5. Obtaining recommendations and suggestions from participants for developing a training module on integrating agri-food systems and management of green spaces in urban and territorial planning 6. Offering a face-to-face, peer-to-peer exchange among practitioners, decision makers and urban actors to exchange, discuss, debate and elaborate on urban and territorial planning.

Session speakers

Ms Marcela Villarreal
Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division
Prof Maria Chiara Pastore
Associate Professor
Politecnico di Milano
Ms Cecilia Marocchino
Urban Food Agenda Coordinator, Food Safety and Food Systems Division
Mr Guido Santini
Agriculture Officer, Plant Production and Protection Division
Mr Simone Borelli
Urban Forestry Officer, Forestry Division