Two issues cannot be overemphasised in this context: securing land tenure for the poor and the less well-off along the rural-urban link and integrating post-harvest measures for different food crops in value chain approaches.

  • Specific actions related to institutional procurement of food, supply and value chains, circular economies (regenerative systems related to resource input and waste in which emissions and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing and narrowing energy and material loops) and to urban agriculture and gardening;
  • Knowledge sharing, partnerships and co-operation (local, national, regional and global networks).
  • Participants of both the webinar and the online dialogue highlighted the following agricultural investment priorities along the rural-urban link:

    • analysing and developing food and market systems with the market system development (MSD) approach (see https://beamexchange.org/) and testing the FAO City Region Food System toolkit (see Box below),
    • improving nutrition,
    • disseminating knowledge,
    • improving territorial governance,
    • conducting research on the externalised costs of imported and exported agricultural products, and
    • creating better institutions for safe food production and consumption.