The aim of the MUFPP is to share knowledge and understandings on food systems toward the building of sustainable and inclusive cities. Above all, the annual Milan Pact Awards are one of the most important tools to involve cities around the globe through the Pact’s framework of action (governance, sustainable diets and nutrition, social and economic equity, food production, food supply and distribution and food waste). The Milan Pact Awards are promoted by the City of Milan with the support of Cariplo Foundation that is the main partner of the Municipality in the implementation of the local Food Policy.
The participation to this 4th edition of the Awards has been very high in terms of number of practices presented – it has doubled from around 50 in the previous years, to 104 practices in 2019. These practices came from all over the world, 45 projects came from Europe, 23 from Latin America, 20 from Africa, 9 from North America and 7 from Asia. The spectacular scenery of the Chateau de Pouget, welcomed all participants of the Awards. 8 cities have been awarded for their innovative actions and projects implemented.
The Milan Pact Awards Evaluation Committee is composed by 9 members that represent international organizations, civil society organizations and institutions. The collection of practices ended in mid-June and the evaluation process lasted until September 2019.
The institutions and organzations represented by the evaluators are: City of Milan and Cariplo Foundation (Co-Chairs), FAO, European Commission, Bloomberg Associates, EAT Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, GAIN, Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation.
Washington DC (USA) received the award for Highest Score Award and Mezitli (Turkey) received the Challenging Environment Award. They won a monetary prizes of 15.000,00 euros each. The two prizes must be used to disseminate the innovative practices to other MUFPP signatory city or networks.
The city of Washington DC developed a powerful program “Food as medicine” that provides subsidies to residents participating in government health programs, for fresh fruit purchase in local markets. The initiative developed educational and volunteering activities and mobilized an impressive number of people. It reached over 9500 persons, mainly low-income residents, and catalyzed cross sector public/private partnership.
The city of Mezitli, first city of Turkey that signed the Pact and participated to the Award, developed a very important action called “Mezitli Women Producers Market” that reduces gender-based barriers and increase working opportunities for women through food markets. This initiative strengthened local female food producers: 650 women were able to develop the skills necessary to produce and sell food in 9 different female markets.
The Evaluation Committee assigned six special mentions to the highest scoring practices in each of the six categories of the MUFPP.
Tel Aviv (Israel) – The practice aimed to find sustainable solutions to the environmental impacts of food festivals and create guidelines for sustainable large-scale events. The initiative involved 50 food vendors, diverted 17 tons of waste from landfills, saved and donated food losses, collaborating with 60 chefs during an event with 500.000 visitors.
Finalists of this category: Berlin, Tel Aviv, Capannori, Mouans Sartoux
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Kazan (Russia) – The city established a “Department on Food and Social Nutrition” to launch a reform in school canteens to improve sustainability and health, to fight obesity and other diseases. As part of this reform, the city built 2 centralized cooking centers, serving 160 schools and 150.000 meals per day, while maintaining a price control for breakfast and lunch – the lowest prices in the country.
Finalists of this category: Grenoble, La Paz, Kazan, Mouans Sartoux
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Nairobi (Kenya) – The city defined a urban early warning initiative to assess food insecurity levels in neighborhoods, thanks to a set of 5 indicators. This tool identified 203,000 households at risk in the city, providing them with an innovative food security surveillance.
Finalists of this category: Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, Baltimore, Nairobi
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Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) – The city encouraged actions that promote urban agroecology and quality food production, at affordable prices and creating jobs opportunities. The initiative created 39 urban gardens that produce about 50 tons of organic food per year, involving about 100.000 citizens.
Finalists of this category: Abidjan, Belo Horizonte, Santa Ana, Rio De Janeiro
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Montpellier (France) The city improved the sustainability of the whole food supply chain, by focusing on school canteens. This initiative reached 50% of organic products, replaced plastic trays with compostable ones, provided 14.600 meals per day to vulnerable groups and reduced food waste by 24%.
Finalists of this category: La Paz, Montpellier, Paris, Sao Paulo
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Sao Paulo (Brazil) – The city reduced food waste through the donation of food to vulnerable groups and create municipal food banks that collected 170 tons of food. The initiative established a partnership among 310 charities and reached 120.00 persons in need.
Finalists of this category: Cremona, San Paolo, Liege, Merida
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The Milan Pact Awards give a picture of what cities are doing at global level to improve their food systems and the objectives that they have set in order to meet the 2030 Agenda.
The 6th and 7th Annual Gathering will be hosted by Merida (Mexico) in 2020 and Barcelona (Spain) in 2021.
City of Milan, Milan Pact Awards Coordinator