Food Trails Call for Cascade Cities: Applications closed!

Where can local authorities start to transform urban food systems? How can cities advance agrifood systems transformation to become more sustainable, healthy, inclusive and resilient to shocks?  

Whether you are only now starting your food journey or have an advanced policy in place, you can learn from the 11 cities involved in the Food Trails project to concretely change your local food system and build future-proof cities. 


The Food Trails project has opened a new call to identify and select +20 local authorities interested in joining the project’s knowledge-sharing activities and learning from the 11 Food Trails partner cities’ experiences.

Applications are now closed.

This Cascade learning programme aims to arrange the transfer of innovative solutions and knowledge generated throughout the project to Cascade cities outside the Food Trails Consortium.

It represents an excellent opportunity for the Cascade cities to be inspired and increase their capacity and knowledge on developing and implementing ambitious and integrated long-term actions to achieve more sustainable, inclusive, and healthier food systems.  

The call for Cascade cities is opened to local authorities (metropolitan areas, cities or towns) based in EU Member states or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries.  

The Cascade learning programme will run from October 2023 until June 2024 and involve online cooperation and participation in one study visit in one of the Food Trails cities. 

Selected Cascade cities will be matched with one among the eleven Food Trails cities to exchange and learn from the Living Labs activities and food policies they have developed as part of the Food Trails project.  

Whether you are new to urban food policies or from a more experienced city, the Food Trails Cascade learning programme can provide strategic knowledge and resources to help you speed up and deepen urban food system transformation.  

Why apply?

  • To learn from other cities’ experiences and gain first-hand knowledge and insights on the solutions and innovations they developed throughout the project;  
  • To participate in an action-planning-oriented exchange, allowing in-depth knowledge sharing, counselling, and concrete outputs;  
  • Gain concrete and tailored advice from urban food experts;   
  • Learn from a great variety of urban contexts, experiences, approaches and good practices for developing sustainable, healthy and fair agri-food systems in cities. Food Trails gathers cities which have been working for years on agrifood issues and others which have started their food journeys more recently, which offers opportunities for collaboration no matter how advanced Cascade cities are;  
  • To join an international community of cities committed to tackling food-related issues at the urban level. 

Applications to the Cascade learning programme are now closed. Should you have any questions on the call, please contact Anja De Cunto ( or Alice Jan Dahan (

Interested in knowing more?

You can find below the full Call for Cascade Cities and 11 videos presenting the Food Trails Living Labs.

Presentations videos of the 11 Food Trails Living Labs

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