|REAL-San: a network of local actors for food security|
|Objectives and results|
The role of local authorities in building a common work agenda for North/South Food Security: inputs from Europe and Central America.
Far from being just a priority in developing countries, Food Security is rather a global problem that involves North and South, local communities and the world's population and is linked with other issues such as management of water and natural resources, agricultural and trade systems, production, distribution and consumption patterns and governance.
In this perspective, the general objective of the intervention is to maximize the contribution of decentralized cooperation in the strategies of cooperation in Central America, starting from the mobilization of local actors in Europe and in Central America with a common work agenda. The agenda shall focus on global Food Security (SA) as a common objective to be achieved through coherent policies and effective practices in the field of sustainable rural development and international cooperation.
Specifically, the project aims at setting up a pilot network of decentralized cooperation on Food Security and sustainable development among 24 local authorities in Italy, 24 in Spain and 24 municipalities involved in the PRESANCA (Programa de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional en Centro America).The action shall be based on the capitalization of the best PRESANCA experiences compared with relevant ongoing experiences in Italy and in Europe.
Problems to solve
Global Food Security is a priority to which the entire international community is committed. At a European level, efforts were made to create greater coherence between policies that impact on Food Security, seen as a human right to ensure to the world's population. Local authorities play a strategic role in this process because they are key actors in ensuring social cohesion in the local territories, facilitating the institutionalization of good practices locally identified and in providing the right combination of local action and regional, national and global policies. European and developing countries’ local authorities are engaged in this challenge because Food Security, social-economic inclusion and environmental sustainability are not only global issues but also practical problems that any government must concretely face. Given the key role of local authorities, this project involves several local Italian and Spanish local bodies (Comune di Milano - prime contractor of the project - Province of Milan, Milan Provincial Fund for International Cooperation and Fondo Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional) as project partners together with ACRA and other Civil Society Organizations.