València, 20 October 2017 – One goal of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is to foster the exchange of ideas and solutions for food related issues among cities. One of the most important mechanisms to enhance this exchange is the Milan Pact Awards (MPA), promoted for the past two years by the City of Milan with the support of Fondazione Cariplo.
The MPA awards the best urban practices in sustainable food management of the MUFPP signatory cities. It comprises two monetary prizes and six special mentions.
This year’s highest score, endowed with 15.000Euro, was awarded to the city of Toronto (Canada) for the good practice “Community Food Works for Newcomers: Using food as tool for settlement and integration”. The programme provides learner-centred training at no cost to obtain a Food Handler Training and Certification. This supports refugees and other newcomers to access employment in the food sector, helps them improve basic food and nutrition skills, and perhaps most importantly, uses food as a vehicle for immigrant and refugee settlement and integration into their new community.
The city of Antananarivo (Madagascar) received the second monetary prize also endowed with 15.000Euro for the category “Challenging Environment”. The city launched an “Urban Agriculture Programme” which promotes the installation of micro-vegetable gardens in the city’s low-income neighborhoods to improve food security and create income-generating activities for the sale of locally produced fresh vegetables. This Urban Agriculture Programme has spread to 24 districts, 21 traning centers and 15,000 beneficiaries.
The monetary prizes will be used for transferring the good practice from winning cities to other MUFPP cities in order to help them develop their own sustainable food practices. Last year the prizes were awarded to Baltimore, who shared the importance of adopting a comprehensive food strategy through the US Conference of Mayors Food Policy Task Force, and Mexico City which is sharing their practice with Tegucigalpa to improve the quality of their school canteens.
Additional special mentions go to the following cities and good practices:
- Governance: Ede (Netherlands) for its political commitment to draft and implement an integrated food governance framework
- Sustainable diets and nutrition: Copenhagen (Denmark) for its organic conversion project
- Social and economic equity: Austin (USA) for its Healthy Food Access Initiative
- Food production: Dakar (Senegal) for its Micro-Gardens Project
- Food supply and distribution: Ljubljana (Slovenia) for their short food supply chain work
- Food waste: Bruges (Belgium) for their innovative approach in reducing food waste in health care centres
Altogether, 53 good practices from 39 cities were submitted for this second round of Awards and were evaluated by an international jury composed of representatives of the United Nations, scientific and research institutions, civil society, the private sector and the Fondazione Cariplo.
Download the winning good practices summary
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Watch the MPA ceremony on YouTube