Cracking nuts in Thailand: our new Food Smart Cities approach


One example is the Metropolitan District of Quito home to nearly 2.5 million residents. In 2002, the municipality launched the “AGRUPAR” (Participatory Urban Agriculture) programme. The purpose of the programme is to enhance the food security of vulnerable city inhabitants, generating income from selling food surpluses, and as such increasing their resilience. To date, 2,700 vegetable gardens have been created in the urban, suburban and rural areas of the district, and 500,000 people have benefitted from the programme.

The city of Ghent also launched “Gent en Garde” in 2013, a food policy that includes five strategic goals to pave the way for a sustainable food system. The city currently promotes a “Thursday veggie day” and is working on a more sustainable school catering system, encouraging sourcing of food from local farmers. Furthermore, Ghent plans to avoid 100 tons of food waste and save 250 tons of CO2 through the FOOD SAVERS platform, which identifies food surplus to be then collected and redistributed to social and non-profit organizations.

The city of Danang receives 2-3 million tourists per year and the municipality has created an application to inform visitors about stores that provide safe food (free of pesticide residues).

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