Covid 19

Urban Food Futures is dedicated to science communication. We will therefore cover analysis of the Covid-19 crisis and its impacts on urban food systems when scientists are able to carry out analysis and publish upon it. During the crisis, we will keep publishing articles on other issues regarding urban food systems, to better prepare food actors for the aftermath of the crisis.

In the meantime, here are some resources that you may find useful to navigate urban food systems during the crisis.


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has published a questionnaire to map the actions taken by municipalities and local governments. Deadline for submitting your response is Sunday 26 April 2020.

Let’s Food Cities, in partnership with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat,  put together a questionnaire that is available in French, in English and in Spanish.


The FAO Food for Cities programme will regularly update this page dedicated to the crisis.

It also published a paper on The role of cities and local governments in responding to the emergency

RUAF published an article called City Region Food Systems to cope with COVID-19 and other pandemic emergencies. It presents experiences from various cities around the world during the pandemic. 

In the USA, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Food Policy Networks project has compiled a list of resources, models/examples, funding, and other shared practices in COVID-19 response useful for Food Policy Councils and other groups working at the local and state level.

The City of New York published its plan to face the crisis: “Feeding New York, The Plan for Keeping Our City Fed During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis”

In the United Kingdom, Sustainable Food Places (prev. Sustainable Food Cities) regularly updates its Supporting local food systems responses to Covid-19 page. You will find regular digests based on input and discussion coming through from the Sustainable Food Places Network of food partnerships across the UK. 

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) published a Communiqué COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems. What are the symptoms and causes of this food crisis? Why are we in the midst of this perfect storm? What can be done immediately to avert more damage to society and the economy? And what are the structural changes we now need to protect people and planet?

Slow Food in Belgium has put together a shared document gathering resources on supply and demand side impacts of the crisis.

The CovidFood account on Twitter tracks food security policy initiatives during the outbreak


Le RMT Alimentation Locale publie un bulletin régulier “Manger au temps du coronavirus”

Il a mis en place une page Ressources dédiée à la crise

France Urbaine, Resolis & Terres en Villes a publié une Enquête sur le système alimentaire face à la crise dans les grandes villes


You can register your project under the World Pandemic Research Network. It maintains a searchable global directory of the scientific resources available on the societal and human impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.