Integrating Food into Urban Planning

Edited by Yves Cabannes and Cecilia Marocchino

ISBN: 9781787353763

Publication: November 22, 2018

What is this?

The integration of food into urban planning is a crucial and emerging topic. Urban planners, alongside the local and regional authorities that have traditionally been less engaged in food-related issues, are now asked to take a central and active part in understanding how food is produced, processed, packaged, transported, marketed, consumed, disposed of and recycled in our cities.

While there is a growing body of literature on the topic, the issue of planning cities in such a way they will increase food security and nutrition, not only for the affluent sections of society but primarily for the poor, is much less discussed, and much less informed by practices. This volume, a collaboration between the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL and the Food Agricultural Organisation, aims to fill this gap by putting more than 20 city-based experiences in perspective, including studies from Toronto, New York City, Portland and Providence in North America; Milan in Europe and Cape Town in Africa; Belo Horizonte and Lima in South America; and, in Asia, Bangkok and Tokyo.

By studying and comparing cities of different sizes, from both the Global North and South, in developed and developing regions, the contributors collectively argue for the importance and circulation of global knowledge rooted in local food planning practices, programmes and policies.

Yves Cabannes is an urban planner and Emeritus Professor of Development Planning, Chair of Development Planning (2006-2015) at Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. He was previously Lecturer in Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cecilia Marocchino is an urban planner with over ten years of experience in urban research and urban development planning in Africa, Latin America and Middle East. Currently she works for FAO in Rome as an urban food planning expert, involved in various projects and initiatives related to food systems, food security and nutrition in urban areas.

Introduction: Food challenges faced by an urbanising world
1. Food and urban planning: The missing link
Yves Cabannes and Cecilia Marocchino
2. Articulating public agencies, experts, corporations, civil society and the informal sector in planning food systems in Bangkok
Piyapong Boossabong
3. Edible Providence: Integrating local food into urban planning
Katherine Brown and Sheila Deming Brush
4. Connecting food systems and urban planning: The experience of Portland, Oregon
Nunzia Borrelli
5. Urban agriculture in Lima metropolitan area: One (short) step forward, two steps backwards – the limits of urban food planning
Alain Santandreu
6. Growing food connections through planning: Lessons from the United States
Samina Raja, Jennifer Whittaker, Enjoli Hall, Kimberley Hodgson and Jeanne Leccese
7. Food flows and waste: Planning for the dirty side of urban food security
Pay Drechsel and Hanna Karg
Planning a local and global foodscape: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
Alice Covatta
9. Improving urban food security in African cities: Critically assessing the role of informal retailers
Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson
10. Integrating food distribution and food accessibility into municipal planning: Achievements and challenges of a Brazilian metropolis, Belo Horizonte
Cecília Delgado
11. Making food markets work: Towards participatory planning and adaptive governance
Lily Song and John Taylor
12. Formalisation of fresh food markets in China: The story of Hangzhou
Shuwen Zhou
13. Food asset mapping in Toronto and Greater Golden Horseshoe region
Lauren Baker
14. Greater Milan’s foodscape: A neo-rural metropolis
Stefano Quaglia and Jean-Baptiste Geissler
15. Participatory planning for food production at city scale: Experiences from a stakeholder dialogue process in Tamale, Northern Ghana 
Imogen Bellwood-Howard, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Eileen Nchanji, Martina Shakya and René van Veenhuizen
16. Unintentional food zoning: A case study of East Harlem, New York
Nevin Cohen

Appendix 1 List of declarations, charters and agreements examined in relation to ‘integrating food into urban planning’ 
Appendix 2 City charters analysed in Chapter 1

"For a long time, urban and regional planning was not much concerned with food. Since the 2000’s, however, food has become a topic planners discuss. In a book called Integrating Food into Urban Planning, published in 2018, Yves Cabannes and Cecilia Marochinno gather insights from various cities around the world about what planning can do to contribute to sustainable urban food systems."
Albane Gaspard  
Urban Food Futures

Format: Open Access PDF

ISBN: 9781787353763

Publication: November 22, 2018

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