The Power of Public Food Procurement

The Power of Public Food Procurement
IDA supports the UN's world goals

IDA wants to make visible the link to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This event covers, among other things, the above development goals. Read more about the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Gain insights into results and experiences with sustainable meals from various EU perspectives and take a tour of Copenhagen's culinary schools. Day 1 will create an inspiring framework for dialogue and reflections leading up to the Conference on Day 2.
The transformative potential of school meals for children aged 1-16  

The Municipality of Copenhagen, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), Roskilde University (RUC), IDA Urban Food Systems and Food & Biocluster Denmark (FBCD) cordially invite you to The Power of Public Food Procurement for school meals in the heart of Copenhagen.
The conference takes place within the Cities Feeding the Future Initiative led by the MUFPP, and in partnership with the Food Trails project, a Horizon 2020 EU funded project led by the City of Milan.

From June 17th to 18th, 2024 you can experience a significant event focused on the evolving role of cities in food system transformation. The conference offers a unique platform for meeting fellow participants engaged in food governance, policymaking, innovation, sustainable procurement, and supply chains.

17th June 2024 at IDA Conference, Kalvebod Brygge 31 - 33, Copenhagen.
Program for Day 1 

09.00 - 09.30 Registration 
Light breakfast, water, tea & coffee

09.30 - 09.45 Welcome and opening remarks
by Niels Heine Kristensen (RUC), Betina Bergmann Madsen (CPH Municipality), Filippo Gavazzeni (MUFPP)

09.45 - 10.00 Shift towards more plant-based diets, food system transition action plans

10.00 - 10.15 Urban Food Policies

10.15 - 10.30 The greatest European study on school meals policies, economic and social impacts in European countries
10.30 - 10.45 Gaps in the EU governance of sustainable food systems

10.45 - 11.00 How to expand the power of school meals inside and outside schools with Food Environment approaches

11.00 - 11.20 Panel discussion, Q&A

11.20 - 11.35 Coffee break

11.35 - 12.40 Talk - Food Trails pilot actions towards changing children's food habits in a broader implementation of local food policies

12.40 - 13.00 Q&A

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch with food sample booths, case presentations, networking

14.00 - 15.20 Parallel breakout sessions with short case presentations from research and practice followed by facilitated knowledge sharing.
Participants (researchers and practitioners) will share concrete contexts, challenges and potentials for mutual inspiration.
Facilitated by EAT and RUC through policy dialogue method

1. Political commitment – how to reach decision makers agenda
2. Sustainable food procurement – reversed food chain practices
3. Citizen engagement - how to organize participatory processes
4. Competence building - which skills and competences is in demand
5. Circular economy – how to reduce food waste in public food procurement

15.20 - 15.40 Coffee break

15.40 - 16.30 Plenum: Wrapping up from breakout sessions and intro to day 2

16.30 -  Field visit to one of Copenhagen's Food schools with dinner – Tour and insights into Copenhagen's experiences with school meals.


18th June at Copenhagen City Hall, Rådhuspladsen 1, 1555 Copenhagen.
Program for Day 2

09.00 - 09.30 Registration
Light breakfast, water, tea & coffee

09.30 - 09.45 Welcome and opening remarks from hosting mayors
by Jakob Næsager, Mayor of Children and Youth, CPH & Anna Scavuzzo, Vice mayor Milan

09.45 - 10.45 Political round table - How do the cities deal with public food procurement for children's meals?

10.45 - 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00 Signing ceremony of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact 

11.00 - 12.00 Session - Multilevel governance for food systems: the role of procurement practices for accelerating progress on sustainability goal

12.00 - 12.30 Session - How are cities implementing food procurement strategies in different European countries?

12.30-  13.45 Lunch from EAT school food

13.45 - 15:30 Workshops
1: Procurement criteria - Levers of change for improving procurement criteria at policy level
2: Behavioural science - Nudging towards more sustainable food choices and children’s well-being
3: Innovation - Accelerating innovations for monitoring the impact of sustainable procurement practices
4: Food education - Strengthening linkages between procurement practices and children’s food education

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break & network

16.00 - 16.45 Summary of key findings and future priorities

16.45 - 17.00  Closing session 
by Jakob Næsager, Mayor of Children and Youth, CPH

17.00  Reception & network

The pivotal role of cities in shaping sustainable food systems will be explored, along with the impact that every meal served has on the well-being, education, and future of our children.
As Copenhagen leads the charge in public procurement for school meals, the city will share insights, spark dialogue, and pave the way for a healthier, more sustainable future.

From delving into the complex network of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to exploring how cities navigate governmental regulations, the conference will uncover the methods and strategies for crafting healthier, more sustainable meals for everyone. Via a series of technical workshops, extensive research of food policy studies, debates and field visits, the conference will take a deep dive into the world of sustainable meals programmes, unveiling how this service serves as a catalyst for change. From nourishing young minds with nutritious meals to fostering a culture of sustainability and community, discover how school meals are reshaping the future of food, one bite at a time.
The event isn't just about inspiring change—it's about empowering action. Politicians, food policy makers and officers will gain invaluable skills and tools to drive meaningful progress in their communities, build bridges, foster collaboration, and amplify the impact on a global scale.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to feast your senses on the possibilities of a brighter, more sustainable future. Together, let's redefine the way we think about food, one delicious meal at a time. See you at the conference!

Please note that you register directly to Milano. IDA will make the participantlist and you will therefore be registered at IDA after the event.


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IDA supports the UN's world goals

IDA wants to make visible the link to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This event covers, among other things, the above development goals. Read more about the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

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  • When

    From: 17. jun. 2024 - 09:00 To: 18. jun. 2024 - 17:00
  • Where

    IDA Conference & Copenhagen City Hall, Kalvebod Brygge 31-33/ Raadhuspladsen 1, København V

  • Registration Deadline

    3. jun. 2024 - 23:59

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    IDA Urban Food Systems /Selskabet for fødevaresystemer

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