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The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact has built a monitoring framework process to assess the progress made by cities in achieving more sustainable food systems, and therefore in the implementation of the Pact.
Although the non-binding nature of the agreement, many MUFPP cities have in fact requested to identify MUFPP measurable indicators and targets to monitor their progress. Following this request, the Municipality of Milan and FAO joined forces to work on a monitoring framework in line with cities’ capabilities and administrative obligations.
In early 2016 FAO, in consultation with the MUFPP Secretariat, started developing the monitoring framework which reflects the six categories of the Milan Pact Framework of Action. Two surveys were sent to signatory cities of the Pact to assess cities’ priorities and data availability: the results were discussed in October 2016 at the 2nd MUFFP Annual Gathering.
A first set of indicators was presented on 19 October 2017 at the 3rd MUFPP Annual Gathering in Valencia and further discussed with signatory cities and cities’ networks.
In November 2017 a refined list of 42 quantitative and qualitative indicators was released by the FAO team of experts, with the technical support of RUAF. A methodological guide to help cities and partners in collecting and analysing the right data for each indicator was developed. For each indicator the guide contains information such as explanation on types of data required, level of data aggregation, definition of samples and examples of how some cities have already implemented the indicator. The guide also highlights the connections with the Sustainable development goals and targets (SDGs).
The first draft of the methodological guide was presented and discussed with cities in the early months of 2018.
A group of 13 cities (Antananarivo; Austin; Copenhagen; Funchal; Ghent; Milan; Quito; Sao Paulo; Tirana; Toronto; Washington; West Sacramento; Windhoek) actively contributed to finalize the indicators and the methodological guide of the Monitoring Framework.
In 2019, the MUFPP Secretariat liaised between signatory cities and international organizations to facilitate the mainstreaming of the Monitoring Framework. FAO, with the technical support of RUAF, engaged with the cities of Antananarivo (Madagascar), Quito (Ecuador) and Nairobi (Kenya) in a pilot project to start working with the Monitoring Framework locally and to share their learning with other cities. Each city selected several indicators that relate to key strategic priorities. Each city explored ways to identify relevant data, methods of collection and analysis to make best use of data findings. The pilot project is a ‘springboard’ for developing further work priorities. The results of the piloting were presented in 2019 at the 5th MUFPP Annual Gathering of the MUFPP in Montpellier, France.