Civil society and the agricultural sector, protagonists of urban food policies for sustainability

More than 200 people – representatives of 25 local governments and 70 civil society organizations met in València from 14 to 16 September at the conference “Civil society, food and sustainable cities” to analyze the challenges of local public policies, especially with the participation of civil society in the promotion of local and sustainable food systems. The conference was organized by the Cities of València and Zaragoza and the Network of Cities for Agroecology, as well as a large number of state and local social organizations.

The three days have served to exchange good practices on the governance of local food systems and helped to look for tools to improve food and its sustainability. Within the framework of this meeting, a draft statute was also approved for the creation of a national Network of Cities for Agroecology, and a message was drafted from European civil society organizations to be submitted to the III World Summit of Mayors of Signatory Cities of the Milan Pact on Urban Food Policies, to be held in València from 19 to 21 October.