Belo Horizonte is a leading actor and regional reference in food public policies with longstanding multisectoral initiatives. Since 1993, several successful public policies have been implemented to strengthen food security for the population along with a strong engagement of civil society networks that, along with the local governments, have been implementing an institutional arrangement with multiple instruments to benefit the entire food system and its supply chains. In this framework, the city undertakes integrated programs and projects aiming at the promotion of urban agriculture and agroecology through family farming, strengthening supply chains and access to markets, education for conscious consumption, technical capacity building, management of public equipment such as the Food Bank (Banco de Alimentos) and Popular Restaurants (Restaurantes Populares), food assistance program and a strong governance structure with active participation of the Municipal Councils. Belo Horizonte is an ICLEI CITYFOOD Network and Milan Pact (MUFPP) member where it is a South America representative of the MUFPP Steering Committee for 2021 – 2023.
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Circular Development is one of ICLEI´s five strategic pathways towards sustainable urban development. Through the Circular Development pathway, local and regional governments decouple urban and economic development from resource consumption, encourage equitable access to resources and create closed-loop urban and peri-urban systems. They support new local economies that are productive and not extractive, where resources are exchanged and not wasted.
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