EdiCitNet is a network of Edible Cities exploring sustainable methods of urban food production, distribution and use – Edible City Solutions (ECS) – to foster environmental and social resilience.
2021 saw the launch of the EdiCitNet Awards, which recognize, inspire and promote innovative ECS initiatives, processes and approaches that demonstrated societal impact in cities across the world. For more information about the EdiCitNet Awards please click here.
The EdiCitNet Awards grant three prizes in the following categories:
● Most innovative individual action
This award aims to recognize ECS initiatives and “local heroes” who have employed ECS to address a specific societal challenge in their city in a way that inspires others and advances existing ECS practices and knowledge in their city and beyond.
● Most innovative social engagement process
This award seeks to identify and give visibility to innovative processes for engaging with and empowering citizens and particularly hard-to-reach socially disadvantaged individuals and communities through ECS.
● Best overall Edible City approach
This award aims to recognize holistic city-wide initiatives or policies for tackling societal challenges through ECS in an integrated and sustainable manner that enables the generation of multiple long-term benefits for the city.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: Innovation, Relevance, Inclusivity, Impact and Upscaling & Replication
For more information on the evaluation process, click here.
Learn more about each winner by clicking on the images below
‘Basket Project’ is a policy initiated by Guangzhou City to meet the food supply for its 14.88 million inhabitants, by exploring the development of modern urban agriculture through a number of innovative methods.
Digital Beehive Project
The Digital Beehive Project aims to install a system which monitors several aspects of the beehive, bee behavior and honey production while helping predict impending extreme weather events. The prototype is built from simple, sustainable and inexpensive components and is easy to maintain.
Kasselheim Sugar Pea Production
Slow Food Rhein-Mosel wants to safeguard diversity by protecting ancient crop sorts such as “Kesselheim sugar peas”, an endangered local crop. The whole initiative, from sowing the peas to picking them to expose the seeds for the next year, was organised by volunteers of all ages. Sugar peas are easy to grow and serve as a soil conditioner. Their production improves local bio-cultural diversity and encourages reflection on food production/consumption behaviour.
Gamle Oslo District Farmer
The District Administration of Gamle Oslo employs a full time District Farmer to practice urban agriculture in the parks with local youth in summer and with kindergartens the rest of the year. The goal of the project has several dimensions: for youth it provides green vocational training and at the same time more welcoming and thriving parks; for the kindergartens it means practical pedagogy in line with the sustainable goals and a greener outdoor play area for the kids.
Insec2Eat’s mission is to bring more insects and insect-meal products to plates. Since insects are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, trace elements and antioxidants, they are a healthy and sustainable alternative to meat. Compared to conventional animal husbandry, insects need: less water, less space, no need for deforestation. Insec2Eat specializes in healthy alternative protein products without additives.
Issam Ben Chaaben
Finding himself out of work, Issam Ben Chaaben decided grow food in an empty plot of land near his house. His urban farming has grown into a source of employment and fresh produce for his local community. Now he sells his products to local merchants and restaurants in nearby towns and has been able to provide employment to two young people. His initiative has had an environmental benefit, too, with more birds and bees coming to the land.
Located in what used to be an ignored space between building blocks in Stovner, a low-income suburban area of Oslo, a group of volunteers of all ages has created a green oasis – Mellomrommet. All tasks, building and planning are carried out by volunteers, and all the produce goes back to the community at no cost. Everyone can join at no charge and the area is open to the public 24-7.
RESTLOS GLÜCKLICH is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people of all age groups to reduce food waste through creative educational programs. Their current project is a comprehensive program for preschools, teaching children to value food, avoid food waste and develop a healthy and caring relationship to their everyday meals. The program fuels change within the children, their families and the institution itself. A strong focus is on preschools in socially disadvantaged inner-city neighborhoods.
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The EdiCitNet Awards are open to individuals, groups and organisations based in all of EdiCitNet’s partner cities.
We welcome all applications from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability. Find more information about the EdiCitNet Awards and the full Terms & Conditions of entry by clicking here.
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us at edicitnet-awards [at] eurtd [dot] com