Iain Mansell

February 07, 2019


  1. Birmingham (UK) - Pune (India) Smart Nutrition City Partnership

  2. The learning opportunity – fresh ideas 1:4 children aged 11

    are obese 2:3 adults obese or overweight Anaemia and rickets Growing problem of household food insecurity 22% stunting (<5y) 17% women below normal BMI 30% women overweight or obese Iron and Vitamin A deficiency Common challenges: • Dietary inequality • Dietary quality • Early years • Safety, security, sufficiency, sustainability
  3. • Both cities are subject to the same international food

    system • A well developed urban food agenda which is not yet thinking nutrition smart • International work brings opportunity for political profile which helps to sustain leadership • Likely to attract funding opportunities • Birmingham hosting Commonwealth Games Why work internationally?
  4. The leverage opportunity – smart (and sustainable) cities

  5. A Nutrition Smart City will use data and technology to

    change the way that food is produced, processed, distributed and consumed. It considers food quality and equitable access, disrupting food systems that are not sustainable or cause food insecurity and malnutrition. They are by nature multi-sectoral, developed by entrepreneurs, nutritionists, public health experts, agricultural experts, policy makers, and civil society members committed to a sustainable, healthy food future. Our definition: smart nutrition cities
  6. Data and evidence produced to inform the partnership


    platforms & Apps People: Citizen Engagement and coherent leadership Lower carbon growing More efficient land use Healthier foods produced More efficient, lower energy supply chains (packaging, & refrigeration) Lower consumer prices Better farmer livelihoods Improved access to healthier foods Healthier choices Reduced food waste Cashless transactions Milan Belo Horizonte Copen- hagen Jo’Burg Austin Baltimore Birming- ham France Austin Quito
  8. Achievements so far Secured high level political and leadership commitment

    in both cities: An MOU has been signed by both cities to explore ØThe leverage which both city authorities have as purchasers of food for consumption in public institutions (particularly by those most vulnerable to malnutrition) ØThe infrastructure at each authorities disposal to support the promotion of nutritious food and restrict the promotion of unhealthy fast food ØThe data which can be harnessed to empower consumers to make better choices about where and what they eat and to help policy makers develop and implement the right mix of regulations to control the food on offer.
  9. COTB – Childhood Obesity Trailblazer • Birmingham City Council is

    one of thirteen Local Authorities to take part in the discovery phase of the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme. • • Community Researchers will explore barriers to healthier eating in Soho and North Edgbaston wards. • The Food Foundation will explore opportunities for scaling up citizen engagement in Pune • A second stakeholder consultation will take place in March 2019 – we welcome the participation of the Innovation Alliance
  10. EUROCITIES Horizon 2020 • Innovative and citizen driven food system

    approaches in cities • driven-food-system-approaches-cities • Single stage – results June 2019 • Budget – 6 million euros (approximately £500,000 for Birmingham) • BCC and Innovation Alliance to work together to set-up a Food Incubator specialising in supporting businesses that offer healthier, more sustainable food
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