With the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France urbaine, in partnership with RESOLIS, decided to carry out a study entitled "Cities facing the challenges of food insecurity". This document gathers 21 contributions from metropolises, large cities and agglomerations, which make it possible to identify, through concrete initiatives, how they act against food insecurity.
The factsheet “towards a healthy food supply for all” presents the action plan of the European Metropolis of Lille to reduce food inequalities and ensure food well-being for all on its territory, while respecting the ecosystem.
The European Metropolis of Lille (MEL) is an EPCI (French Public Inter-Municipal Cooperation Establishment) created by the French law of 31 December 1966. It is a vast region which today consists of 90 municipalities and more than a million inhabitants. It also benefits from a strategic cross-border position.
The subject of the food supply is particularly representative of the characteristics and issues in a territory where almost half the land is agricultural (28,000 ha). Agricultural and agri-food is the third largest sector in the metropolitan economy (9,500 jobs and turnover of more than 128 million euros). The metropolis contains more than 1.2 million of consumers who should all have a healthy, sustainable food supply.
However, the worrying reality is that there are major disparities in the food supply in the territory. Food inequalities reflect this social segregation and the territory’s heterogeneity: 50,554 people receive food aid with 9,965,000 meals distributed per month.
The Lille Metropolis Territorial Food Project is divided into 4 main strategic directions, translated into an action program:
1. Contributing to a healthy food supply for inhabitants and visi-tors
2.Developing an agricultural and food economy anchored in the metropolitan territory that respects its ecosystem
3. Co-constructing a metropolis with a sustainable, user-friendly and solidarity-based food supply
4. Making everyone a part of the Territorial Food Project