The Food Policy of Milan

The Food Policy of Milan is the city's food policy, approved in 2015 by the City Council and implemented in synergy with Cariplo Foundation.

The process for defining the priorities of the city's Food Policy began in July 2014, in view of the Expo "Feeding the planet, energy for life". The Municipality of Milan and the Cariplo Foundation have signed an agreement which, after the analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Milanese food system, led to the elaboration of the objectives of the Food Policy through a public consultation and the adoption of a Resolution of City Council containing the 5 priorities of Milan's Food Policy.

From 2015 to today, Milan's Food Policy has developed pilot actions and launched projects that have involved the various departments of the Municipality transversally and many different public and private actors in the city including research and third sector bodies. 

The five priorities of the Food policy are:
1.    Ensure healthy food for all
2.    Promote the sustainability of the food system
3.    Educate about food
4.    Counter food waste
5.    Support and promote research in the agri-food field

The Food Policy area is located within the Education Directorate and is organized as follows:
Food Policy Area organizational chart

Since 2017, the delegation for the Food Policy of the city of Milan has been entrusted to Deputy Mayor Anna Scavuzzo.

The 2015 Council resolution also approved the creation of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, the international pact signed by over 280 cities around the world which commits mayors to working to make food systems more sustainable, guarantee healthy and accessible food for all, preserve biodiversity and fight against waste. The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact was signed at Palazzo Reale on 15 October 2015 and delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on 16 October 2015, during the celebrations for World Food Day.

City Council Resolution
Guidelines of the Milan Food Policy - Download the complete text approved in 2015
City Council Resolution 1041/2016 – Operational tools of the Food Policy

Objectives and priorities of the Food Policy

Studies and research

Events and initiatives

The school lunch

Fight against waste and food aid

Agriculture: farms and agricultural markets

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

European projects


Updated: 23/04/2024