Milan Pact Awards (MPA)

One of the most important goals of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), is to stimulate the exchange of practices and learning between signatory cities. To foster this collaboration the MUFPP Secretariat, together with Fondazione Cariplo  launched the Milan Pact Awards.

The first Milan Pact Awards was presented at the annual gathering of mayors hosted in Rome by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the celebration of World Food Day in October 2016. Milan Pact Awards seeks to be innovative in the ways it supports cities’ efforts to strengthen urban food systems and adapt as needs of signatory cities change. The recognition and profile that comes with conferring awards for good practice has been shown to help catalyse change between cities that are more experienced and cities that are just beginning to work in the area of food as it relates to other priorities of mayors.

Scope of the MUFPP Award

Submissions from signatory cities will be sought in relation to the MUFPP and its Framework for Action (FFA) according to a set of awards criteria. In addition to formal recognition of winning cities there will be awards designed to stimulate learning for action across cities in different stages of food policy and planning.

Types of recognition and awards

There are two types of awards:

Six practices will be awarded with special mention awards as the highest scoring practice in each of the six categories of the Framework for Action.
Two practices will be awarded with two monetary prizes of EUR 15.000 each to be used for peer-to-peer technical assistance to other MUFPP city/cities:
a) The practice/policy with the highest overall score of the five criteria (Adaptability, Integration, Innovation, Impact and Inclusion) will be the winner of the Highest Score Award.

b) The practice/policy with the highest score from multiplying their score of the five above mentioned criteria with the sixth criteria (Adversity) will be the winner of the Challenging Environment Award.

Principles, requirements, categories and criteria for selection

Principles guiding design of Milan Pact Awards include:

  • The awards are a means to stimulate learning and action, not an end in themselves.
  • Awards criteria will be designed to meet a wide variety of city types and scales.
  • Awards submissions that are not finalists for awards will still add to the growing body of good practices in the areas of food policy and planning.
  • Awards will recognize practices that are both unique and replicable, innovative and linked to other parallel advances in urban and territorial sustainability.

6 Categories for awards:

  • Governance or ensuring an enabling environment for effective action
  • Sustainable diets and nutrition
  • Social and economic equity
  • Food production including urban rural linkages
  • Food supply and distribution
  • Food waste prevention, reduction and management

4 Criteria for selection

All submissions will be evaluated according to four criteria, that are:

  1. Innovation: Food policy at the municipal or territorial level is evolving to meet new challenges from changes in the food system, such as impacts of climate change and from economic, health and urbanization pressures. Innovations in urban food policy and practice to meet these challenges are found in every category of the MUFPP Framework for Action as food systems are reoriented towards sustainability.
  2. Impact: Social, environmental and/or economic impacts are considered for this category. Social impact is primarily about the impact on vulnerable populations including urban needy, women, children, elderly and/or displaced/migrants who often require food assistance and/or may lack adequate access to affordable and nutritious food.
  3. Inclusion There are three types of inclusion possible to meet this criteria: thematic (across more areas of the framework for action or city departments), territorial  (across more local authorities) or social inclusion (civil society and/or private sector).
  4. Adversity Coefficient: This criteria will determine the winner of the monetary award for a challenging environment: for example extreme poverty, low access to food, impacts from environmental damages or specific challenges (such as conflict; displaced population, earthquake, severe economic shocks)

Urban Food Actions Platform

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the MUFPP and some City Networks launched the Urban Food Actions Platform to share and interact on food systems issues at urban, peri-urban and urban-rural levels. This is a place to share initiatives, case studies, good practices and dialogue on experiences that help advance towards sustainable food systems. Some practices from the Milan Pact Awards may be selected for publication on this platform.