25/10/2011For more than 10 years, the FAO has been working on urban issues and urban-rural links via the multi-disciplinary project, ‘Food for the Cities’. Crises have an impact on the food and nutritional security of urban populations, and it is essential to reinforce the resilience of cities in relation to crises, whether these are linked to natural disasters, armed conflicts or economic crises. What role does and can the FAO play in this regard? How can emergency response and rehabilitation be coordinated to re-establish and reinforce the livelihoods of urban communities? And lastly, why are inter-sector collaboration and urban-rural links so important?