African CITYFOOD Month

#AfricanCITYFOODMonth is a platform created to support cross sector, multi-stakeholder engagements and knowledge sharing about urban food systems.

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#AfricanCITYFOODMonth is a platform created to support cross sector, multi-stakeholder engagements and knowledge sharing about urban food systems. The platform recognises that food can be a powerful lever for solving many problems in cities as it is connected to how we plan and run our cities as well as our daily lives. Using food as an entry point in Africa, we can support daily nutrition and wellbeing for millions of urban dwellers, regenerate ecosystems, and connect urban residents. Moreover, sustainable food system initiatives have the potential to support mitigation and adaptation to the rapidly intensifying climate crisis, end the injustice of malnutrition, celebrate local food cultures and improve economic participation.

Every July, the annual #AfricanCITYFOODmonth campaign highlights diverse, innovative and evolving African urban food systems. The campaign provides a platform for insight, learning opportunities and support for local governments and food system stakeholders who are interested in shaping sustainable, nutritious and inclusive food systems. 


We invite city leaders, food system stakeholders and urban citizens from across the continent to share your insights with us.

Share 2-5 minute videos showcasing your urban food initiatives. These can be of you speaking, or videos of projects or scenes. Share case studies, project reports and news articles which can add to the themes above.

Do you have ideas of how to improve the food systems you see around you?

Share them with us using #AfricanCITYFOODmonth on Twitter and Instagram.

#AfricanCITYFOODMonth 2023

“Urban Food Systems Need Bold Transformation”

Africa is urbanising at an astounding rate. By 2050, there will be an additional 950 million people living in African cities, a shift that reflects the world’s fastest urban growth rate. This rapid, and often unplanned, urbanisation is transforming food systems across the continent – placing severe strain on people and ecosystems alike. The pressures of this urban transition on the lives of diets of Africa’s urban residents are compounded by the effects of climate change, regional conflict and international political instability. 

Bold responses across all sectors of society are needed to ensure equitable and sustainable diets for our growing cities.

This year, #AfricanCITYFOODMonth will be convened in alignment with AfriFOODlinks, a four-year EU-funded project which proposes a new approach for equitably feeding and nourishing cities through safe, nutritious, and affordable meals. This year’s theme, ‘Urban Food Systems Need Bold Transformation’ will explore strategies to feed and nourish Africa in the face of urbanisation implications.

Be part of the campaign by participating in the webinars, and sharing case studies, resources and images on sustainable urban food systems with the #AfricanCITYFOODMonth on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

#AfricanCITYFOODmonth is brought to you by ICLEI Africa in partnership with:  African Centre for Cities, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Rikolto and the South African Urban Food and Farming Trust. It is supported by the AfriFOODlinks project, coordinated by ICLEI Africa, delivered by 26 partners across 65+ cities, and funded by the European Union.

Follow and join the campaign on Twitter and Instagram using #AfricanCityFoodMonth

The essential thing is that our challenges are almost the same, with some minor differences – this elicits lots of ideas about the potentials in our city.
Rebecca Mongi
Chief Agricultural Officer, Arusha City Council, Tanzania on the value of city-to-city peer exchange
We have seen that ‘food’ demonstrates the most powerful interlinkages between our cities, our environment, our health and wellbeing, our nature and our climate, and offers vast potential for improving equity and sustainability on our planet.
Kobie Brand
Regional Director, ICLEI Africa and Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI

Catch up on previous years of the #AfricanCITYFOOD Month Campaign

Nourishing our Cities towards Recovery

2022’s theme reflected on the journey of recovery that African cities are taking in the face of multiple shocks and stresses that are being experienced in our cities’ food systems. The exchanges reflected on whether cities and local governments are putting in place the governance processes and mechanisms as well as mobilising the resources required to steer the transformation of the food system to a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive path.

The campaign brought together key urban food systems actors such as policymakers, mayors, researchers, agrifood entrepreneurs, financiers and food system advocates to collectively chart a path forward. Beyond African cities, the campaign connected with other “South” cities in South America, such as Rio de Janeiro, to collectively share and explore the priorities of recovery for South cities and ways to mobilise resources to drive sustainable and resilient food systems.

Explore the 2022 photography competition exhibition here, or catch up on the webinars below:


12 July 2021

Investment Opportunities in Africa’s Urban Food Systems This session aimed to explore the different AgrInvest opportunities in African cities that can contribute to the sustainability and resilience of its urban food system.


14 July 2021

On the road to recovery: “Nourishing our Cities towards equitable recovery” This session unpacked the current and anticipated shocks to the food systems as well as what the recovery journey of cities actually entails in terms of the practical actions, cost, key partnerships and capacity.


21 July 2021

City-to-City City-to-City Exchange: Streamlining multi-level food systems governance between national and local level In this session unpacked some of the most pressing food related challenges faced by African cities and showcased innovative government-led initiatives for advancing sustainable food systems and innovative governance approaches.


28 July 2021

“South-South” Cities Exchange. African and Latin American Cities: Food System Priorities for Recovery This session will brought together identified African cities and Latin American cities to collectively share and explore the priorities of recovery for “South” cities as well as exchange on how to mobilise resources to drive sustainable and resilient recovery of their food systems.



Accelerating sustainable actions towards the transformation of Africa’s urban food systems.

Download the #AfricanCITYFOODmonth 2021 report


6 July 2021 | 2pm CAT

African City Food Exchange Part 1: What have we learnt from the UNFSS independent food dialogues process in 16 cities? This webinar will bring together food dialogue curators and food system champions to reflect on the dialogue processes and unpack transformative messages coming out of the conversations with African cities.


13 July 2021 | 12pm CAT

African City Food Exchange Part 2: A city-to-city workshop on achieving sustainable urban food systems. This city-to-city learning exchange will bring together cities on a journey of sharing and co-learning by thinking through and workshopping on the common food system challenges as well as sharing some of the systemic approaches in achieving sustainable food systems.


6 July 2021 | 2pm CAT

African City Food Exchange Part 1: What have we learnt from the UNFSS independent food dialogues process in 16 cities? This webinar will bring together food dialogue curators and food system champions to reflect on the dialogue processes and unpack transformative messages coming out of the conversations with African cities.


20 July 2021 | 2pm CAT

Sustainable Food Cultures: How our appetites can transform our cities. We are what we eat, and our urban areas are shaped by the decisions and actions around the food system. How we grow, make, share and consume our food has the potential to positively transform our cities.


27 July 2021 | 2pm CAT

Where Chemistry, Storytelling and Policy Collide: Lessons from the Inclusive Metabolism Project. This webinar reflects on the outcomes of the 3-year Leading Integrated Research in Africa (LIRA) 2030 project on informality and urban metabolism in African urban food systems.


29 July 2021 | 2pm CAT

Multiplicities (Menu) of entry points into urban food governance through the lenses of “Food Sensitive Urban Planning” and the “City Region Food System. Food system experts from RUAF, FAO, ICLEI, the African Centre for Cities as well as city practitioners will share some of the key processes, approaches and resources, with case studies, on how cities can identify their priorities and embark on the journey of urban food systems transformation.




28 May 2020: World Hunger Day

Launch of the #AfricanCITYFOODMonth campaign on Twitter and Instagram.
Read our Director’s message here.

23 June 2020: Systems approaches to food and nutrition security and urban resilience: Lessons from Cape Town and Kumasi

As part of the Inclusive Metabolism project, researchers and city officials from Cape Town, South Africa, and Kumasi, Ghana, share their perspectives on how improving food systems can have wider socio-economic benefits for society, building resilience to shocks.

1 July 2020 – 3 July 2020: Food in our Cities

We map the components of Africa’s city region food systems: who are the stakeholders, what are the processes, policies, and actors influencing the behaviour and responsiveness of the food system? We further highlight some of the work done by key actors through a webinar, thought pieces and photography.

1 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT
Welcome to #AfricanCITYFOODmonth: How should we understand food in our cities?

6 July 2020 – 10 July 2020: Covid and Food Security

The theme reflects on the work done by FAO and city food stakeholders in defining food security and the factors affecting levels of food insecurity in Africa. It calls us to envision what a resilient and nutritious city-region food system could look like to ensure food security in African cities.

7 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT

Food, climate and COVID-19: Stories from our cities

13 July 2020 – 17 July 2020: Nourishing our Cities

About 58.6 million children experience stunting in Africa due to poor nutrition. We explore what nutrition and malnutrition are, the extent and impacts of both in African cities and how local African foods and cuisine can contribute to nutritious diets.

15 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT

Nourishing our cities

20 July 2020 – 24 July 2020: Sustainable Food Value Chains

We showcase how both formal and informal supply chains are ensuring safe and undisrupted supply of food, during and post COVID- 19, through photography, thought pieces and highlighting case studies in African cities.

21 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT

Food and the circular economy

27 July 2020 – 31 July 2020: Youth, Women, Business & Innovation in Urban Food Systems

Africa’ s agri-food sector has significant potential to meet the region’s growing demand for nutritious food. The theme unpacks FAO’s AgriInvest concept, investment opportunities in Africa’s food systems and the role of youth and women in agri-food business.

29 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT
How youth- and women-led small businesses can improve our local food systems
31 July 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm CAT
Our future food systems

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