Planning for Food Systems in Urban Settlements: Lessons and Challenges from North America

UN Habitat III Team.

UN Habitat III Team

Members of the UB Food Systems and Healthy Communities Lab attended Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UB students and faculty organized a training on food systems planning at Habitat III. A team of five from the Food Lab, including Dr. Raja, staff, graduate students, and a volunteer facilitated the training.  The mayor of Sucre, Bolivia, which has many innovative policies pertaining to food, opened the session, along with Cecilia Marocchino from FAO headquarters. Participation exceeded the anticipated number of attendees - about 75 individuals from across the globe attended the training. The training was simultaneously translated in Spanish, as many attendees were from South America.

Samina Raja

Co-Director and Founding Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity; Co-Lead, Food Equity Team; Project Lead, Plan REFUGE; Professor

Urban and Regional Planning

233C Hayes Hall

Phone: 716-829-5881



Alex Judelsohn

Programs Manager

Global Health Equity

Danielle Vasquez.

Danielle Vasquez

Graduate Student

Management and Public Health and Health Professions

Jennifer Whittaker

Independent Contractor

Hijab Khan


Erin Sweeney.

Erin Sweeney

UB Alumna; Former Graduate Assistant

M. Urban and Regional Planning and Community for Global Health Equity