What Will it Take to Transform Power Relations in Urban and Peri-Urban Food Systems?

Going forward, the One CGIAR recognises agriculture as not just rural, but as potentially viable and necessary in urban and peri-urban (UPU) spaces. An initial three-year initiative aims to innovate UPU food systems that allow sustainable production, improved healthy diets, environmental and human health, equity in urban food markets and governance. Strengthening, institutionalizing and transforming largely informal UPU agrifood systems across the Global South will gain from more robust policy dialogue on factors that are critical to determining inclusive urban food networks. CGIAR’s Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program and RUAF Global Partnership argue that a focus on gender and inclusivity are key to enabling truly transformative reconfigurations of power relations in cities and UPU food systems. Unfortunately, the complexity of these issues is largely neglected in urban food policy, practice and research.

Arunima Hakhu, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Jess Halliday, RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems
Deepa Joshi, IWMI


Tuyen Huynh, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
James Garrett, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Urban spaces and cities: Inclusive or unequal and exclusionary?


Ruth Mendum, Pennsylvania State University, USA

What approaches, perspectives, policies might allow more transformative food systems in predominantly unequal urban and peri-urban contexts?


Laine Young, Wilfred Laurier University
Samuel Ikua, Mazingira Institute
Joy Carey, RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems

Making the case for a gender lens in the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (experiences from Nairobi)


Hajnalka Petrics and Kostas Stamoulis, FAO

Gender aspects of urban food security and nutrition in food environments


Laine Young, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada

From Gender to Feminist Approaches in urban and peri-urban food systems