All citizens should be able to fill their plate with nutritious, safe, sustainable and affordable food. However, Europe’s urban areas are struggling to ensure availability and consumption of healthy, sustainable food among deprived and vulnerable groups. Launched in September 2022, the EU-funded FOODCLIC project will create more sustainable urban food environments by building strong science–policy–practice interfaces (i.e. food policy networks) and experimenting with innovative approaches and business models in Living Labs across eight European city-regions.
Activities will be informed by an innovative conceptual framework (the CLIC), which emphasizes four desired outcomes of food system integration (sustainability co-benefits, spatial linkages, social inclusion and sectoral connectivities). Capacity-building and direct support for intensive multi-stakeholder engagement (including deprived and vulnerable groups) will enable policy actors and urban planners across partner city-regions to develop continuously evolving integrated urban food policies and render planning frameworks food-sensitive.
Results will be communicated and disseminated via online Knowledge-Hub, a high-level Think Tank and partners’ networks.