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Abstract of Olivio Argenti's presentation:
Key Issues in Food Supply and Distribution to Cities

Feeding expanding cities with most experiencing an increasing proportion of poor households in developing countries and countries in transition is the challenge facing city and local authorities today. It is necessary to increase the efficiency of all the activities by which food is produced, brought to cities and distributed within the expanding urban areas, in order to improve the access of poor urban consumers to affordable and safe food supplies. City and local authorities play an important and essential role, in collaboration with the private sector, in this endeavour. Authorities need to understand the functioning of food supply and distribution systems at regional, metropolitan, urban and local level in order to formulate and implement appropriate planning and investment decisions within the context of technically sound food supply and distribution policies, strategies and programmes.

Background documents:
Argenti, O. 2001. Food for the Cities - Food Supply and Distribution Policies to Reduce Urban Food Insecurity. A Briefing Guide for Mayors, City Executives and Urban Planners in Developing Countries and Countries in Transition. "Food into Cities" Collection, DT/43-00E, FAO, Rome.



Balbo, M., Visser, C. and Argenti, O. 2001. Food Supply and Distribution to Cities in Developing Countries. A Guide for Urban Planners and Managers. "Food into Cities" Collection, DT/44-01E, FAO, Rome

FAO.1998. Feeding the Cities. "Food into Cities" Collection, DT/39-98E, FAO, Rome.






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