Past Event

New Utopias: Can Local Agriculture Feed the World?

December 14, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
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VIRTUAL EVENT | 12:30 p.m. (New York) | 6:30 p.m. (Paris)

From New York to Melbourne, from Paris to Cape Town, a growing number of cities worldwide are taking part in a global reflection on the future of local food and agriculture.

The impact of climate change and rising socioeconomic inequalities is forcing municipalities to design their food systems around sustainability and solidarity. Additionally, the world trade disruption caused by the pandemic painfully revealed a heavy dependence on international food supply chains, underscoring the need for local food production.

This first webinar in the New Utopias series will explore major trends in local food systems, the social, economic, and environmental challenges to consider, and the concept of “cities as laboratories of innovation,” foregrounding their impact on the present and future of urban life.



Liliana Annovazzi-Jakab, Chief of Section, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section - Forests, Land and Housing Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Pamela Ann Koch, Mary Swartz Rose Associate Professor of Nutrition Education; Faculty Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Filippo Gavazzeni, Head of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat, Municipality of Milan

Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, Director of the City Diplomacy Lab (Columbia Global Centers | Paris) (Chair)

Q&A session facilitated by: Aliénor de Thoisy, Sciences Po graduate student


This event is organized in partnership with City Diplomacy Lab as part of the New Utopias series, co-organized by the Alliance Program, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and The European Institute. Co-sponsors include Columbia Maison Française and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.