Welcome to our December (and our third news) bulletin of the European Forum on Urban Agriculture (EFUA). EFUA is a 4 year project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The project is running from 2020-2024. EFUA aims to unlock Urban Agriculture’s potential through better networking, better knowledge, better deployment and better policies in the field.
Rome Facts Conference goes digital: 28th– 30 March 2022
With continuing uncertainty about the Corona pandemic and associated travel restrictions, EFUA and our Italian colleagues at Risorse Per Roma (RPR), have reluctantly made the decision to go digital with the spring FACTS Conference.
Whilst we’ll sadly miss out on Italian hospitality this time round, we still feel the digital conference format will provide a wonderful opportunity to network with UA stakeholders from around the Globe. We are therefore planning an exciting and inspiring programme for our event.
The FACTS conference will collect, conceptualize and highlight local and global experiences of Urban agriculture, starting out from the perspective of Rome itself. It will open the door to further networks and activities.
Broad themes will cover Urban Agriculture and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), knowledge sharing with Less Developed Countries (LDCs), challenges within the Mediterranean and the Maghreb Regions and UA in the post pandemic era. In particular content will focus upon:
- Networking and roundtable sessions
- Typologies and benefits of Urban Agriculture (UA)
- EU policies and UA
- Urban planning perspectives on UA
- Story telling on Urban Agriculture, using film and media content
- Local initiatives in the Rome area, including urban farms and gardens
We’ll be keeping you updated in the coming weeks with detailed information about how to register and join in the Conference. In the meantime, please put dates in your dairy and WATCH THIS SPACE!
EFUA working groups have been busy in the background, pulling together a number of key pieces of research, which we intend to share with during our spring FACTS Conference. In particular we intend to feature results and outcomes from the following:
Urban Agriculture Typology: This investigates the variety of types of Urban Agriculture initiatives across Europe. Our survey and follow up research focusses upon different dimensions of UA including: products and services, people and organizations, product destination, location, production methods, ownership and maintenance, and the relationship with governance.
Benefits Survey: This work aims to gain a more in-depth understanding of the benefits of Urban Agriculture (UA), especially in the European context. The data collected is analysed to identify similarities and differences between UA initiatives. Outputs will help to define the benefits of UA, possible disservices or unwanted effects, the monitoring and assessment of these benefits and linkages with other urban oriented concepts, such as urban metabolism, rural-urban linkages and food systems.
Policy review: EFUA has been looking at the policies which impact upon UA and those which might benefit from inclusion of UA as an additional theme. In doing so, EFUA aims to synergise key EU agendas and priorities to enable better support and funding for UA. This will be a multiscale approach; from European level to individual city level, whilst also recognising the increasingly significance for Less Developed Countries (LDCs).
Find out much more about the background and the results of these pieces of research at the EFUA FACTS Conference in late March.