African CITYFOOD Month 2020 Event Report

Throughout July 2020, the inaugural #AfricanCITYFOODMonth Campaign was convened to share ideas, resources and actions around the theme of Repositioning Resilient and Nutritious Food Systems in African Cities. This theme reflects on our midway point through the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, the commencement of a Decade of Action for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and on strengthening 2030 Action for achieving the Paris Agreement. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting responses, this campaign was key in bringing together policy makers, mayors, urban communities, researchers, agri-food entrepreneurs and food system advocates to reflect on the immense disruptions that Africa’s food systems are currently experiencing. The crisis has made plain the many structural and deeply connected challenges that underpin our urban food systems, and reminded us that food can be a vital lever for addressing many of our city’s challenges, and shaping the equitable, sustainable cities that we seek.


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