As cities expand, the needs of farmers, citizens and workers increased in urban as well as in rural areas. While impacts of the food and financial crisis affect both rural and urban populations, the urban poor have been among the hardest hit. Citizens are almost exclusively dependent on food purchases and variations in food prices and income directly translate into diminished purchasing power and rising rates of food insecurity, thus compromising dietary quantity and quality. The issues linked with urban food policy call for a framework integrating a wide range of sustainable food and agriculture system elements into a community at a site, or neighbourhood or on city region wide scale.

The workshop has involved stakeholders (e.g, actors of food chain, scholars, and authorities) to share views and practices in order to draw lessons for inclusive, innovative and sustainable food urban planning.

They wrote  a Rome’s declaration addressed to the European MEPs and decision makers in view of future elections in UE Parliament.



A growing number of local governments across the world are rebuilding their food systems through innovative public policy. Increased attention for urban food systems responds to the need to place food higher on the urban agenda. Urban food systems are an increasingly important driver for many other urban policies such as health and nutrition, education, occupation, tourism, transport, waste and water management, adaptation to climate change and social welfare. A paradigm shift in both planning and policy formulation is required in order to ensure access to food, foster inclusion and innovation, improve environmental management, enhance rural-urban linkages and provide policy guidance at both national and municipal level.

This 2days-workshop are focused on imaging an inclusive, innovative and sustainable urban food policies and on comparing experiences in planning and implementation of food strategies. Three working groups will focus on the following subjects that represent the pillars of Eating City Platform: Production, Consumption and Human Labour.

Three main questions to discuss concern: (Working Group)

  1. From farm to kitchen: how to build urban food infrastructures? Building Community Kitchen or Community Food Centre that integrate food activities with the local agri-food provisioning area, enforcing urban procurement of local food and identifying the policy and regulatory environment of market.
  2. Beyond the food pyramid towards food self-sufficiency? Searching for a new paradigm for a territorial food planning able to improve the local management of agri- food systems, both local and global and evaluate the local food provisioning area.
  3. Considering the flows: how to reduce food miles and increase food travellers ? Most potential visitors want to taste fresh local products, traditional dishes, or regional specialities (even when they came back at home), as well as the farm and the places where those products are grown or made and the linked landscapes.




All foreign participants should arrive on Marc. 19th late evening.

March 20th

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival of participants, registration and welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30 Presentation of Eating City project and opening remarks
10:30 – 11:00 Presentation of participants
11:00 – 12:30 Presentation of case study and discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 16:00 Working group session
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 – 18:30 Working group session
18:30 – 19:30 Ice Breakers meeting – free time for participants
20:00 – 23:00 Conference Dinner

March 21th

09:00 – 11:00 Working group session
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:15 Sharing of working group results: Position paper presentation and discussion
13:15 – 13:30 Closing session.


Giuseppe Barbera University of Palermo (IT),
Elena di Bella Province of Turin (IT),
Gianluca Brunori University of Pisa (IT),
Aurora Cavallo Cursa, Rome (IT),
Marcello Cerasola City of Palermo (IT),;
Damien Conaré Unesco chair in World Food Systems of Montpellier (FR),
Egidio Dansero University of Turin (IT),
Benedetta di Donato Cursa, Rome (IT),
Francesca Galli University of Pisa (IT),
Maria Chiara Giorda University of Turin (IT),
Sabrina Giuca INEA (IT),
Efstathios Grigoriadis University La Sapienza of Roma (IT),
Anna Lei University La Sapienza of Roma (IT),
Natalija Lekić Eating City Summer Campus (RS),
Giacomo Lepri Coraggio Cooperative (IT),
Simona Limentani Zolle (IT)
Maria Grazia Mammuccini FIRAB (IT),
Maurizio Mariani Risteco (FR),
Davide Marino Cursa (IT),
Alessandro Monteleone INEA (IT),
Dalia Mattioni Zolle (IT),
Raffaella di Napoli INEA (IT),
Anna Laura Palazzo University of Roma III (IT),
Stefano Panunzi University of Molise (IT),
Silvia Paolini AiCARE (IT),
Davide Pellegrino Cursa, Rome (IT),
Lilian Pellegrino City of Lyon (FR),
Judita Peterlin Eating City Summer campus (SI),
Andrea Pezzana San Giovanni Bosco Hospital of Turin (IT),
Emanuela Rosio Erica Cooperative (IT),
Luca Ruini Barilla (IT),
Gianni Scudo Politecnico di Milano (IT),
Roberta Sonnino University of Cardiff (UK),
Ntourus Sotirios City of Acharnes (GR),
Salvatore Stingo Social cooperative “Agriculture Capodarco” (IT),
Chang Tianle Beijing Farmer’s market (CN),
Pierre Vuarin Foundation CLM for Human Progress (FR),
Ella Weggen Eating City Summer Campus (NL),
Michela Zanardi San Giovanni Bosco Hospital of Turin (IT),

The workshop will take place at

Via Nomentana, 41 (Porta Pia)
00161, Rome, Italy