04 Jul Activities in Milan

In 2015 Milan has adopted its food strategy. The path towards the Milan Food Policy started in 2014 when the Municipality of Milan signed an agreement with Fondazione Cariplo aimed at developing a city’s food policy on a five-year team.. The objective is to coordinate all policies dealing with food related issues from a host of different perspectives: community, welfare, education, environment, well-being and international relations.
Milan’s path towards the adoption of its Food Policy is structured in four stages:
a)Strengths and weaknesses analysis of Milan’s food system
Milan has conducted an assessment on the context and dynamics of the city food and agricultural system to map all relevant social, economic and institutional stakeholders, as well as highlight and enhance already existing projects.
b) Developing new and shared objectives through public consultation
One of the most important stages towards Food Policy was the public debate on issues, projects and ideas about food in Milan.  The city board, civil society organizations, start-up and companies connected to nutrition, foreign communities debated the future food strategy.
Moreover, Milanese citizens were asked to propose the Food Policy’s themes and how to deal with them. From 9th may to 14th may 2015 were held different meetings in the nine areas of the city.
The phase of consultation ended on 14th june 2015, the day of the town meeting, a public assembly. During this meeting, concrete recommendations about the draft of a new food strategy in Milan emerged.
c) Objectives approval from municipal institutions
The strategy was then submitted to the Executive Board and the City Council of the Municipality of Milan that approved the Milan Food Policy on 5 October 2015.

The Milan Food Policy consists of five priorities:

  1. ensure access to sufficient healthy food and drinking water to everybody
  2.  promote the sustainability of food system;
  3.  educate to food,
  4.  fight against food waste;
  5.  promote and support agri-food research. Each priority comprises a set of guidelines and a framework for action

d) Pilot projects
After the approval of the Milan Food Policy a few pilot projects have been launched.
14 june 2015  E-Town meeting (workshop)
150 citizen convened in the city hall to discuss about the priorities of Milan food policy. They were divided into small groups and were asked to share their thoughts about food, sustainability and nutrition. Highlights of discussion were then summarized into a set of questions and the participants had the possibility to express their vote electronically. The result of the vote contributed to shape priority and actions of the Milan Food Policy

28 September 2015 Smart Voices
The Smart Event was held during Suq delle Culture a festival that aims at promoting a multiculturalism through theatre shows, dance, conferences, show cooking. Smart Voices was a discussion on how decentralized cooperation could foster sustainable urban food systems . Among the topics: agroecology, food security, food sovereignty and fair trade. It was then shown a video featuring the development cooperation projects that the City of Milan is carrying out in the field of food security was then.
Among the speakers: Giosué De Salvo, coordinator People’s Expo Committee, Florence Egal, member of the MUFPP experts team; Marco Grandi, director of Development cooperation department, City of Milan, Aliou Diankha videoreporter from Senegal.
A concert of the Malian musician Baba Sissoko concluded the event

15 October 2015 MUFPP Signing Ceremony (International Conference)
On the 15 October 2015 mayors and city delegates from all over the world convened at Palazzo Reale in Milan to sign the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
More about the signing ceremony
Videos about the signing ceremony

19 March 2016 Cluster events (Fa la cosa giusta)
The cluster event were organized at Fa’ La Cosa Giusta the National Italian fair of conscius consuming and sustainable lifestyle. It consisted of two conferences focused on food policy issues that involved citizens, local food business, city councilors, experts.
The first one was a debate on the restoration of Milan’s Covered markets as an opportunity for urban regeneration. It focused on the recent restoration of three covered food markets of the city, to discuss how starting from a renewed shopping area it is possible to trigger the regeneration of the surrounding area.
Franco D’Alfonso, member of the City’s executive board in charge for commerce.
Jacopo Lareno, Dynamoscopio, the association which organizes activities in Mercato del Lorenteggio
Davide Longoni, baker and investor in Mercato del Suffragio
Andrea Perini, Terzo Paesaggio, the association which organizes activities in Mercato del Suffragio
Giuseppe Zen, butcher Macelleria Popolare, Mercato della Darsena
Demetrio Scopelliti, architecht and urban designer
Moderator Matteo Brambilla, city facilitator (Milan Food Policy)

The second one: “Towards the Milan food council” has been organized to discussed how a food council works, what are its goals and to present a few cases. A useful discussion at the beginning of the path the will lead to the creation of the Milan’s food council as indicated in the Guidelines for the Milan’s food policy approved in October 2015.
Andrea Calori, ESTA’ association
Katrien Verbeke, Food Policy coordinator City of Ghent
Maria Bottiglieri, international cooperation City of Turin
Anna Scavuzzo, member of the municipal and metropolitan councils of Milan.
Moderator: Franca Roiatti, press officer Food Smart Cities for Development