Cities2030 fosters the co-creation of resilient, sustainable, and innovative urban food systems within the framework of FOOD2030. Employing a multi-actor approach, the project designs progressive policies, formulates action plans, and orchestrates experiments involving researchers, companies, public authorities, civic societies, and citizens.
Consumer choices have the power to guide sustainable shifts in the market. Food system stakeholders engage in a transdisciplinary Alliance and an interactive learning journey that empowers city leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and experts to collaboratively construct a citizen-centred model.
An Observatory is established to perceive the urban food system as an interconnected entity, weaving scattered initiatives into comprehensive policies and pioneering strategies. Furthermore,
technologically advanced, and exploitable tools are devised to bolster innovation in the food chain.
through result-driven CRFS Policy and Living Labs, the project propels policy enhancements and innovations, steering leadership towards investments that facilitate a sustainable CRFS transition.

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Agri-food justice and policy innovation, levers for transforming City Region Food Systems

The Cities2030 project is coming to an end and partner organizations will convene in Marseille for a 2-day event on June 19 and 20, aimed at showcasing achievements, fostering dialogue, and promoting best practices in city region food systems. This event will feature presentations, workshops, and panel discussions focusing on the promotion of Agrifood justice, democracy, and policy innovation in CRFS.

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Vidzeme Living Lab: Representatives from Vidzeme municipalities (Latvia) learn about the city and county of Tartu’s (Estonia) experience with organic food in school and kindergarten meals

From April 8 to 9, Vidzeme municipalities specialists, Vidzeme Planning Region, and Latvian Rural Forum representatives participated in a study tour to Tartu City and County, Estonia, as part of the Cities 2030 Vidzeme Living Lab. The tour aimed to learn about experience in Estonia organizing procurements at educational institutions, including organic food products into their menus, meal planning, and food waste reduction.

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Vidzeme Lab: Steps towards changes in the food system in Latvia

The international forum “Mission: Establishing a Bioregion in the Gauja National Park” was held on 25 October in Sigulda, Culture Centre “Siguldas devons”. Vidzeme Planning Region, Cēsis Municipality, Sigulda Municipality, the Association “Greenfest”, Latvian Rural Advisory and Education Centre were the main organizers of the forum. Experts from Latvia and abroad gathered to present the bioregion concept and activities in Europe, and to share inspiring examples of forward-thinking regional development.

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Cities2030 Consortium

A broad, integrated, and transdisciplinary consortium comprising 41 partners and 3 linked parties, coordinated by the University of Ca’ Foscari of Venice, is currently developing the Cities2030 project, for the co-creation of resilient, sustainable, and innovative urban food systems within the framework of FOOD2030. Universities, research centres, cities, regions, development agencies, cultural and social associations, companies and experts, active in the FOOD SYSTEM are actively co-operating with the main goal to innovate FOOD POLICIES and sustainable PRACTICES, advacing new
patterns, techniques and digital. 
The Consortium is experimenting with new governance models, placing consumers in the core of their actions to improve the sustainability of pilot CRFS (City Regions Food Systems) and evolve the pilot Living Labs, assuming to reach 50 CRFS LABS willing to follow the project and its results.




The project Cities2030 envisions a future where city-regions worldwide embrace sustainable, healthy, and inclusive food systems. Aligned with FOOD 2030, the New Urban Agenda, and SDG 11, it pioneers policy solutions, using multi-actor participation and system thinking. CRFS LABS are hubs for evidence-based policy-making. Action plans, co-designed by government departments, align with FOOD 2030 goals. Digital tools enhance efficiency. An Alliance and expert groups drive policy innovation. Over 50 CRFS Labs form a global network, advocating for sustainable food systems. The project promotes behavioural change for healthy diets, responsible production, and consumption, fostering long-term transformation.

Citizens Drivers


Cities2030 promotes citizen engagement, transforming passive consumers into motivated change agents through a trusted City-Region Food System (CRFS). This approach fosters connections within the rural-urban context, addressing the entire value chain from production to waste management. It advances dynamic relationships between livelihoods, economic development, food security, nutrition, social inclusion, equity, and resilience within a multi-scale framework encompassing economic, environmental, and social conditions. Cities 2030’s approach is built on these principles, aiming for holistic, sustainable urban food systems.



Over a span of four years partners will be working on developing labs, conducting a series of experiments and creating smart-tools aimed at enhancing policies and practises within the CRFS. Within a large actionable, deployable and transferable result framework, the following key results will be achieved:

CRFS Alliance

The CRFS Alliance is a network of actors and stakeholders, encompassing the food value chain. It operates as a community of practice and as a platform for know-how exchange

CRFS Observatory

The CRFS Observatory is an open-access platform where users can readily access comprehensive information, studies, policies and food-related data.


CRFS policy and living labs have been developed to introduce innovative policies and to facilitate the co-creation and the testing of sustainable innovative solutions.Explore the outcomes of these labs on the community platform

City-scale pilots

A series of city-scale pilots have been initiated to test the proposed frameworks and to extraxct valuable insights for their validation

Systems thinking

An innovative and tailored System Thinking methodology to collaboratively address problem-solving challanges in the food sector with a specific focus on CRFS dimention will be introduced

Data-driven CRFS

Smart Tools, including cradle-to-cradle data-driven solutions and Digital CRFS Management Platform based on Blockchain Technology will be designed and delivered