14 Oct Milan Pact Awards 2016 Winners
On the 14 October 2016 during the MUFPP Second Mayors’ summit the Milan Pact Award has been conferred
The two monetary awards equal to € 15,000 each have been assigned to Baltimore (highest score) and Mexico City. The “Baltimore Food Policy Initiative” aims at addressing health, economic and environmental disparities by increasing access to healthy affordable food in Baltimore City’s food deserts. Mexico City’s “Community Dining Rooms Program” has set up more than 200 canteens throughout the city in areas with high rates of marginalization in order to offer affordable meals, thus empowering vulnerable people by providing them with an employment. Winners will use the contribution of the awards to exchange their policies and practices with other MUFPP cities.
Six special mentions, one for each categoriy of the MUFPP Framework for Action, have been conferred to Vancouver (Governance) for the Vancouver Food Strategy; Birmingham (Sustainable Diets and Nutrition) for its projects to fight childhood obesity; Lusaka (Social and Economic Equity) for the “Women Groups economical empowerment”; Quito (Food Production) for the AGRUPAR programme on urban agriculture; Toronto (Food Supply and Distribution) for “Grab Some Good”, a collaborative initiative aiming at bringing healthy food in underserved communities; Riga (Food Waste) for an innovative method to treat and reuse food waste.
More than 30 cities have participated to the Milan Pact Awards with 53 good practices, that have been assessed by an international committee of experts, academics, members of international organizations, civil society and media. These are some of the criteria that guided the selection of winners: replicability or adaptation of the practice; the degree to which the policy has been integrated with other categories of food policy or practice; the level of innovation of the practice or policy; impact; the degree of inclusion of stakeholders outside the local or territorial governments, such as civil society and private sector; the extent to which adverse conditions (administrative, environmental, economic etc.) have been overcome in the development of a city’s food policy or practice.
Download here a short description of winning practices