The Global Database for City and Regional Food Policies is a resource for local and sub-national governments to learn about food system policies from around the globe. The searchable database provides copies of the legislations, plans, funding allocations, or other public actions authorized or implemented by cities, municipalities, regions, and sub-national governments. This resource allows local and sub-national governments to learn from strategies utilized in other regions or countries, and policymakers and support organizations can search using keywords, location, language, population size, and year to find policies that are well suited as inspirations for their own communities.
The database currently includes 16 food systems policies from a variety of countries and levels of government. It will be expanded Fall/Winter 2017-2018. We welcome additional sub-national policy submissions to the database from sub-national governments, support organizations, and NGOs at any time. Please send any policy submissions to the Food Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the submission is for the Global Database. Please indicate (where possible) the following information: country, name and type of adopting government, and contact name and information for any questions about the policy.
To search for policies within the United States/Canada only, please visit the Growing Food Connections policy database. For additional food systems resources for city and regional governments, please visit the ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD Network.
For technical assistance or questions regarding database design or process, please email the Food Lab at email@example.com. Users may also contact RUAF with policy-specific inquiries or for other resources related to international city and regional food systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The database is the result of a partnership between the University at Buffalo, the UB Food Lab, the Community for Global Health Equity, and the RUAF Foundation (Global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food systems).
This database is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Policies included in this database have not been evaluated.
Population sizes are drawn from the most recent census reports in the United Nation’s Demographic Yearbook 2015: Population of capital cities and cities of 100,000 or more inhabitants.