EDICITNET GLOBAL LUNCH TALKS: URBAN FOOD INNOVATION
Different continents – same challenges! Let’s learn from each other!
Edible City Solutions such as urban farms, community gardens, urban beehives or sheep farms, green facades and high-tech indoor farming, have a multitude of benefits for cities – from addressing local food security to boosting a sustainable green economy, improving biodiversity and enhancing social cohesion by bringing communities together to garden, harvest and share public space.
How can we ensure that sustainable urban food measures like these are successfully integrated
into our cities now and into the future?
Although local political, economic and climatic conditions vary widely around the world, cities and independent urban food initiatives often face the same challenges when it comes to implementing these kinds of sustainable solutions, including how to access to available land, how to develop viable long-term implementation and management strategies, and how to successfully balance conflicting interests.
In the bi-monthly webinar series EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks we are exploring experiences from different countries around the world: challenges, opportunities and best practice cases for greener, more liveable and more edible cities.
EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #1: Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China – Best Practices from Guangzhou
13th January 2022
EdiCitNet partner city, Guangzhou, has successfully embedded urban agriculture into its city landscape, and in collaboration with the EdiCitNet Project, the Guangzhou City Team has developed an Edible City Masterplan that aims to take that good work one step further. Together with other metropolitan areas located in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, the city of Guangzhou forms part of one of the largest metropolitan agglomerations in the world (ca. 45 million inhabitants).
Today, meeting the daily food needs of the growing population and ensuring access to safe food constitute important challenges in the city. A growing interest in increased quality of life, in the context of growing population density, particularly in central parts of the city, the loss of green spaces in the city centre, reduced levels of biodiversity and increasing exposure to heavy rainfall and typhoons, have added to a growing interest in exploring the multi-faceted benefits that urban agriculture could provide.
The Guangzhou City Team, which includes representatives from government agencies and specifically municipal community engagement teams, research institutions and a design agency, is envisioned as a policy research and planning team that aims to effectively promote Edible City Solution planning projects. The main objectives of the City Team are to promote safe, stable and efficient food supply in the city, and to encourage community-based public participation in urban food planning.
Focusing on a area in the south of the city, the Guangzhou City Team is working together – and with local people on the ground – to come up with even more practical and concrete ideas for how to bring the local population closer to the food they eat and make the city greener, more sustainable and more edible. In this webinar, they tell us more about their proposals.
EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #2: Making Cities Edible With Building-Integrated Agriculture
9th March 2022
Building-integrated urban agriculture – like rooftop farms and edible green facades – offer cities a range of ecological, socio-cultural as well as economic benefits. But what needs to be done to get the city on board? In this 2nd webinar the EdiCitNet project will be exploring legislative and political barriers , but also chances and opportunities. Looking at Germany – and internationally – what can cities and individuals do to support the spread of building-integrated agriculture?
In this webinar we hear from green building experts Rebecca Gohlke and Felix Mollenhauer from Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. (German Association of Building Greening).
Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e. V. (BuGG) operates both as professional organisation and advocacy group for companies, communities, universities, organisations and all parties interested in building greening. BuGG deals with all aspects of building greening, i.e. green roofs, green walls, interior greening and further building structures. Roof gardens, roof farms and edible green walls are part of nature-based ECS that offer ecological, socio-cultural as well as economic benefits.
EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #3: “Food Connects Us”: How to Join Forces with City Authorities for More Social, Edible Cities
17th May 2022
The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food. They run their own community kitchen, act as a connecting hub for citizens looking to volunteer in community gardens and community food projects, support food banks and help to tackle food waste through a range of different programmes.
The organisation believes that good food is a right for all, brings power and energy to everyone and is a joy to be shared. In this webinar they explore why food is such a meaningful area for cross-city and cross-sectoral partnership, and share how they’ve used food as a galvanising force to build up a close working relationship with our local authority. They reflect on the advantages and challenges of having a non-governmental organisation working closely with the local authority around issues of food, as well as sharing some practical tips to other NGOs looking to build up alliances around food.
Check back soon for updates about all future webinars in the series EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks.