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How to Develop a Sustainable Urban Food System?


Organic tea farming in an urban area in Turkey.
Agroecology in Rize Turkey

Today, the COVID-19 pandemic showed significant gaps and weaknesses in urban food systems worldwide. This affects food security. 70% of the global food supply is consumed by the people living in the cities.

According to my experience and knowledge in implementing strategies of the farm to fork and biodiversity, the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure inclusive and resilient food systems are:


1. Developing sustainable food systems against shocks and extreme events

2. Promoting the local agroecological production through urban and peri-urban agriculture and implementing short supply chains and ensuring food safety, traceability, and self sufficiency

3. Developing and implementing efficient, safe and innovative food distribution systems, and traditional markets, and facilitating access to food for the vulnerable people through social protection programmes

4. Creating a platform of cities and ensuring collaboration

5. Increasing the number of trees and forests, protecting and improving biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem services

6. Increasing awareness of the people

7. Promoting investments in agrigenomics, agroecology, ICT, green technologies, innovation and internationalization.


Urban farming, shorter supply chains and traditional markets will create local economic development and welfare to the urban and peri-urban areas.
Cattle farming in Artvin



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