Session B8: Urban Agriculture: Cities Feeding People

Summary
Individuals, businesses, communities and local governments across the world are responding to the growing disconnect between urban populations and their food supply through the establishment of urban- and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) projects. This happens within a wider debate on city region food systems and on resilient food systems for cities. In both debates is ICLEI strongly engaged.
In addition to transforming underused urban plots into a sustainable local food supply, new city region food systems have been proven to enhance social cohesion, increase civic engagement and provide beneficial ecosystem services.
Local governments have a variety of roles to play to support the planning and implementation of sustainable urban food production, ensuring resilient food systems and fostering the city-region relations to the benefit of both. Successful cases of local government and community-driven projects will be presented.

Envisaged outcomes
This session will:

  • Raise the theme of Urban Agriculture within ICLEI (see also the ICLEI Agenda on “productive cities” in the Strategic Plan 2015-2021)
  • Provide outstanding examples of Urban Agriculture
  • Demonstrate how local governments can work with local and regional partners
  • Motivate more ICLEI Members to start action in this field
  • Establish an Urban Agriculture Cities network as ICLEI community

 

Download the latest session description as of 31 March 2015

 

Presentations:

Urban Vegetable Gardens Network: Promoting local food production in multifunctional projects

Catarina Freitas, Head of Department, Sustainable Environmental Management and Planning, Almada, Portugal

 

 Eco-friendly urban agriculture for a sustainable city

Hae-sik Lee, Mayor, Gangdong-gu Municipal Government, Republic of Korea

 

Urban-rural food cooperation

Mustafa Tunç Soyer, Mayor, Seferihisar Municipality, Turkey 

Resource-efficient & Productive City