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CITIES 2030 - Co-creating resIlient and sustainable food systems towards FOOD2030

  • Published on February 15, 2022

The European project "CITIES 2030 - Co-creating resIlient and sustainable food systems towards FOOD2030" is intended to foster innovation and optimization of food production, distribution and disposal cycles at the urban level, funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under the call "FOOD 2030 - Empowering cities as agents of food system transformation".

The main goal of Cities2030 is to future proof an effective cities and regions food system (CRFS) via a connected structure centered on the citizen, built on trust, with partners and actors from the entire CRFS ecosystem, from farm to fork. The project supports, promotes and showcases 100 European cities in their systematic transformation towards climate neutrality by 2030 and will make these cities hubs for experimentation and innovation for all cities

Future Food Institute is a partner in the Horizion 2020 Cities 2030 project and has included Pollica as an experimental Campus, prototyping Living Lab and strategic node of the network.

Cities can build sustainable food systems to prevent and reduce food waste, provide decent livelihood opportunities and promote sustainable ways of food production. Cities can also ensure food and nutrition security for all. The EU-funded Cities2030 project will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, cities and all agents of urban food systems and ecosystems (UFSE) to create a structure focussed on the transformation of the way systems produce, transport, supply, recycle and reuse food. A digital twin of the entire system will be created using a blockchain-based data-driven UFSE management platform. The project’s goal is to create a future-proof and effective UFSE via a connected structure focussed on the citizen and built on trust, with partners encompassing the entire food system.

The initiative gathers 41 partners covering 19 pan-European countries, including 10 cities and 2 regions, and is coordinated by Cá Foscari University of Venice, in Italy. Cities2030 incorporates representative partners and actors from the entire CRFS value chains and ecosystems, from the production sphere to the citizens’ arena. The enterprise is built upon the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) with a full view of the good practices, framework indicators, policies, and innovation pathways. Cities2030 takes further action and proposes a larger monitoring indicator framework that includes practices of EIT Food and Health, EIT Climate KIC, IPES Food, Eurocities, C40 Cities, IFOAM, ICLEI, the FAO, and other key experts' bodies. For 4 years, the consortium has been committed to working towards the transformation and restructuring of the way systems produce, transport and supply, recycle and reuse food in the 21st century. By its innovative approach, Cities2030 has the opportunity to engage researchers, entrepreneurs, experts, civil society leaders, cities and regions, and many more actors in the CRFS arena.

Within the project CITIES2030 FFI aims to evolve positive change, promote food innovation as a strategic element to achieve sustainable and impactful growth: leaner, quicker, rewarding. We aim to do this through our Paideia Campus Living Lab, as a space of community creation where we can shape more responsible food consumers, food and beverage entrepreneurs and employees, as well as policymakers.

As a part of the Cities2030 project, Future Food Institute is working towards developing a MEDITERRANEAN LABORATORY, a Living Lab where we are prototyping models and personal services aimed at combating the depopulation of villages and inland areas, enhancing the Italian cultural, historical, artistic and environmental heritage by following the integral ecology approach, and creating new businesses.

A Living Lab will also host innovation programmes to give life to business projects in the following areas:
- dissemination of the Mediterranean diet
- sustainable agriculture, fishing and zootechnics
- blue economy
- circular economy
- climate-smart living
- hospitality and sustainable tourism
- enhancement of the territory's cultural and environmental heritage


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