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Sustainable urban food systems


Building on these new collaborations, the Surfood’s scientific community wants to go on investing in this topic especially issues of sustainability of urban food systems in the Southern cities. Indeed these issues, still relatively unknown, would complement the approaches developed today on the northern cities. A symposium will be held in 2015 on what can cities do to secure their food and make it more sustainable, with AFD, FAO, RUAF, Terres en Villes and CIAT. Thus, collaborations developed with Hanoi, Dakar and Rabat during this year may be utilized.
In 2014-2015 a work on innovative projects on sustainable food will be launched in the ISAM / IPAD curriculum (Montpellier SupAgro and Cirad) and the Master 2 on Food (ISTHIA) from Toulouse. This work will be promoted through a meeting in April 2015.
The Greater Montpellier has asked Surfood researchers to work together to build a local food policy strategy. This work is expected to start in late 2014.
Furthermore, Surfood topics continue to be explored by teams through the many projects going on ant with the new projects that have been set up such as “practices and policies of the united city, MARGUERITE (food justice) or on going research on food waste. The state of the art on modelling and representation of a sustainable urban food system in an integrated manner might be carried out in 2015, with support from the Foundation Agropolis. This work might be enhanced by the publication of a reference book.
The Surfood scientific community wants to maintain momentum and assert its visibility by continuing to actively participate in networks such as AESOP, Resilient cities and take part in other international events. As a result of its visibility, Surfood’s scientific community is know asked for collaboration with the global collaborative platform being set up on “City Region Food Systems and sustainable urbanization."
Finally, articles have been written or are being written based on the results of the 2013 internships and communications that have been produced, to be submitted for publication in late 2014 and 2015.

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  • Start date :
    14 November 2012
  • Closing date :
    18 April 2014
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