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



The ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD network is a global network for local and regional governments to develop a strategic approach to their city-region food systems. It aims to accelerate action on sustainable and resilient city-region food systems by combining networking with training, policy guidance and technical expertise. CITYFOOD Network is open to all local and regional governments, whether they are engaging with a food systems approach for the first time, or already working on improving their urban food systems.

To become a member of ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD Network, please contact Solophina and Ryan.

Are you interested to discover more about the CITYFOOD Network?


CITYFOOD Projects in Africa


  • Investing in Urban African Food Systems (FS-Invest)
  • Understanding Innovation in Food Water Energy Nexus and Green and Blue Infrastructure (IFWEN)
  • Cape Town Food System Vision
  • City-to-city Food System Exchange (RF)
  • Innovative Food System Governance

The inaugural #AfricanCITYFOODmonth campaign will highlight 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.


28 May 2020: World Hunger Day

Launch of the #AfricanCITYFOODMonth campaign. Please join us on twitter and instagram with #AfricanCITYFOODMonth.

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


#AfricanCITYFOODmonth partners