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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Iasul in bucate

The Fair of Iași in Traditional, Organic, and Mountain Dishes (9-10th of July 2022,  Parcul Expoziției of Iași)

On the 9th and 10th of July, between 10 a.m and 9 p.m., the Fair of the Producers from the North-East Region of Romania will be held under the brand name Iași in Traditional, Organic, and Mountain Dishes. The fair is organized by Iași City Hall, Romanian Academy-Iași Branch, and Iași County Agricultural Directorate and held in the Main Alley of Parcul Expoziției ((aka Exhibition Park), in Iași City. 

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Meeting with local producers in Food for Iasi Living Lab. June 10, 2022

We met with local producers in Iași County to identify the problems they face in the agri-food chain. The meeting was attended mainly by producers of animal products, but also vegetable growers. In the first part, the Cities2030 project and the innovative Food for Iasi Living Lab hub were presented. During the meeting, issues were identified, especially regarding: market access, access to financing, support of local authorities.

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EU Horizon2020 projekt Cities2030 VE GO RA INVENTIVNA RJESENJA

VE-GO-RA and Inventivna rješenja Ltd at the 1st transnational meeting of the Cities2030 project and the Agri-Food event in Belgium

As part of the EU Horizon2020 project Cities2030, the Development Agency VE-GO-RA and INVENTIVNA RJESENJA d.o.o. participated in the first transnational meeting of 41 European partners and the Agri-Food event in Roeselare, Belgium. The partners discussed the future activities and current challenges of the project with regard to the complexity of the project activities and related goals, i.e. creating prerequisites for further development of the project.

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3rd day in Roeselare

Day 3 in Roeselare for Cities2030 partners

Day 3 in Roeselare for #Cities2030 partners.
A jump into the future of #agrifood visiting the giant rooftop greenhouse of #Agrotopia, the largest public building in Europe for urban food production. In parallel, another group coordinated by Hogeschool VIVES partner in #cities2030 has been implementing a workshop on #foodprocessing and health to close in the best way a 3 day of full immersion in the urban food system.

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General Assembly for Cities2030 Project. 1st of June 2022

Today, partners of the project Cities2030 meet in Roeselare, Belgium, within the first in-presence General Assembly (GA), to discuss the main achievements of the project. The GA also provides excellent conditions to discuss the next steps forward, and finetune the many activities of the project developing in parallel

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Iași in Traditional, Organic, and Mountain Dishes

Today, the 30th of May 2022, within Food for Iași Living Lab, there was a working meeting organized by Iași County Directorate for Agriculture, Iași Cityhall, and the Romanian academy, Iași Branch. The primary result of the meeting was organizing the event known as Iași in Traditional, Organic, and Mountain Dishes in the Exhibition Park of Iași, during the 8 and 10th of July, 2022. 

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Policies and strategies for the development of the food system in the city of Iași

Yesterday, on the 24th of May 2022, it was organized the workshop Policies and Strategies of Developing the Food System in Iași. The event was organized within the Food for Iași Living Lab hub by the Iași Cityhall and Romanian Academy, Iași Branch. The meeting focused on discussions with the representatives of the public institutions from Iași food system and also tried to identify some issues from the perspective of the public authority. The identified views will be on the agenda of future meetings with other actors and agents of the urban food system.

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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