In recent years, governments and civil society organizations have been actively advocating for local food systems as a way to create more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable food systems. A survey conducted in cities revealed that the most common initiatives implemented to promote local food systems in the region include allowing entry to farmers' markets (59%), the sale of products from local gardens or farm stands (51%), and access to land for community gardens (34%). In addition, efforts have been made to reduce the regulatory burden on urban agricultural composters by defining the composting of garden waste and food scraps as an agricultural land use, not an industrial one. Moreover, the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) was launched with the aim of significantly increasing public and private investment in climate-smart agriculture and food system innovation.
The document Urban Agriculture: Best Practices and Possibilities provides an overview of the resources and practices of urban agriculture and the local food system. It is important to note that these initiatives are not only beneficial for local communities but also for the environment. Local food systems can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, and promote biodiversity. In order to ensure that these initiatives are successful, it is essential to have strong public-private partnerships, adequate funding, and effective policies.
Governments should also provide support for small-scale farmers and producers by providing access to land, credit, and other resources. Furthermore, it is important to create awareness among consumers about the importance of local food systems and their benefits. Overall, local food systems can be a powerful tool for creating more sustainable and equitable food systems. By implementing initiatives such as allowing entry to farmers' markets, selling products from local gardens or farm stands, and providing access to land for community gardens, governments can help promote local food systems in the region.