On the last day of the Milan Pact Awards Retreat (13-16 June 2023), the Municipality of Milan, as the chair of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), launched the MUFPP Fellowship Programme: a tool to replicate the best urban practices submitted to the Milan Pact Awards 2022, promoting sustainable food policies and paving the way towards sustainable, inclusive, and future-proof food systems.
About the Fellowship Programme
The MUFPP Fellowship Programme will feature a wide range of knowledge sharing, capacity building and networking activities, e.g. field visits, webinars, workshops, online and in-person training, city exchanges and study visits, participation in research and mapping activities, publications, networking opportunities, joint event organization, and national dialogues on food policies.
The aim of the initiative is to enable the Milan Pact Awards winning cities to become promoters of innovation and knowledge. On the other hand, it offers the MUFPP community the opportunity to learn from ongoing successful experiences, structured and established methodologies, so that they can develop similar approaches in their local contexts.
The Fellowship Programme represents a great innovation for the MUFPP and the MPA Retreat kicked off its first edition.
About the Milan Pact Award Retreat
The 4-day Retreat featured:
- An in-depth presentation of the 6 winning practices, namely:
- “Framework for Good Food Purchasing” (MUFPP category: Governance) by New York, United States.
- “School feeding program” (MUFPP category: Sustainable Diets & Nutrition) by Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- “E-Cool Mandi: decentralized cold room run by women” (MUFPP category: Social & Economic Equity) by Rourkela, India.
- “Agro-ecological food production” (MUFPP category: Food Production) by Rosario, Argentina.
- “Strategy for securing our talents and small farms” (MUFPP category: Food Supply & Distribution) by Yeosu, South Korea.
- “Food Waste Reduction Programme” (MUFPP category: Food Waste) by London, UK.
- Field visits to different key locations of Milan Food System, including visit to infrastructures, meetings with stakeholders and discussion on the most innovative Milan Food Policy actions.
- An in-depth workshop based on the experimental methodologies developed by the Horizon 2020 project Food Trails to discuss models and strategies for the transferability of the winning practices. The workshop included the use of the “Food Policy Action Canvas” to identify priorities and goals of the activities to be be replicated in MUFPP network; the “Stakeholders Ecosystem Map” to assess the role of each engaged actor; and the “Investor Service Model” to analyze food policy investments in the winning cities.
- A live broadcasted global webinar, which concluded the Retreat, aimed to showcase how the winning practices would be replicated within the MUFPP community. It also featured the launch of the “Milan Pact Awards 2022 Report” which collects all the practices of cities participating in the latest edition of the Awards, along with a critical analysis of the trends, priorities, and challenges that cities are facing in adopting food policies, based on the recommended actions of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
The report was produced with the support of the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (AICS), while Fondazione Cariplo is the main partner of the Milan Pact Awards initiative. Finally, the Webinar launched a roadmap for the upcoming activities of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.