The III World Summit of Regions on Food Security and Sovereignty is a global meeting for food security in cities, regions and countries.


It has been called “Zero Hunger”, the second Sustainable Development Goal: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.


From April 27 to 28, 2018 the city of Cuenca (located in the Province of Azuay- Ecuador) will host the III World Summit of Regions on Food Security and Sovereignty, “ZERO HUNGER”.


Cuenca is the capital of the Province of Azuay and the most important city of the Austro of Ecuador, with more than 500 thousand inhabitants. It is a city Cultural Heritage of Humanity, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 due not only to its architecture, but also to its historical and cultural importance.


The Province of Azuay is one of the most important of Ecuador. It is composed of 15 cantons of which Cuenca is its capital.


It has a remarkable landscape and cultural wealth, factors that make it an attractive place for tourists and visitors, as well as a wide gastronomic offer.


1. Territorial Productive Systems

1.1 Promotion of sustainable production and associativity (sustainable agriculture, access to resources for production, native seeds, importance of the peasant organization, others).

1.2 Conservation of Natural Resources and Environmental Services in food production.

1.3 Inclusive commercialization (channels of commercialization and inclusion of Family agriculture).

2. Consumption

2.1 Importance of access to healthy and culturally acceptable foods at a territorial level.

2.2 Improve the nutritional situation and access to healthy food which are key aspects to reduce hunger (child malnutrition, territorial initiatives, others).

2.3 Promotion of responsible consumption and waste reduction (short circuits, social programs, solidarity baskets, inclusive fairs, fair trade).

3. Governance

3.1 Normative frameworks to promote food supply in an equitable way at a territorial level (normative frameworks that promote the right to food and eradicate food deserts).

3.2 Articulation of actors to strengthen healthy eating programs developed at a territorial level (at a household level as well as an institutional level).

3.3 Territorial planning around the SSAN.

4. Sovereignty

4.1 Approach to food sovereignty for the reduction of hunger.

4.2 Initiatives of local governments so processes of food sovereignty can be built.

4.3 Local public policies must be taken against the perspectives of climate change and its implications on food



General objective:

Identify, promote and develop strategies and programs that allow intermediate governments to promote actions aimed at guaranteeing the population’s food security and sovereignty.

Specific Objectives:

– Identify and exchange experiences of policies, programs and good practices led by intermediate governments; developed nationally and internationally, and linked to the achievement of food security and sovereignty, and to improve the quality of life of the population.

– Promote dialogue and discussion among intermediate governments; other levels of government, civil society, communities, researchers, nongovernmental organizations and other key actors around issues of food security and sovereignty that seek the development of more sustainable and efficient food systems that aim to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal “ZERO HUNGER”.

– Agree among the representatives of the intermediate governments their commitment to promote the development of actions that allow the achievement of the SSAN (Food Security and Sovereignty and Nutrition System) in their territories. And in this way, improve the living conditions of the population and the fulfillment of zero hunger through a pronouncement embodied in the CHARTER OF CUENCA “ZERO HUNGER”.


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