FOODMETRES Knowledge Portal

As one of the core products of FOODMETRES, the FOODMETRES Knowledge Portal is now available online. It provides comprehensive insights into empirical research and modelling results on short food supply for the planning and policy of Metropolitan Agri-Food Systems. The Knowledge Portal also offers in-depth portraits of innovative local food initiatives and business examples from the case study regions of Berlin (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), London (UK), Milan (Italy), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (Netherlands), providing relevant information for practitioners, local planners and policy makers.

FoodMetres Urban Organic Waste Management in The Hague (report)

Report of the Netherlands case study is available here.

Short description:
This report describes the current situation of organic waste management and urban agriculture, with a specific focus on The Hague. Also, the potential of the recycling of organic waste in urban agriculture in The Hague is analysed. The analysis was done by studying relevant literature, conducting interviews and research on two case studies of urban agriculture initiatives in detail. Results show that the current situation of organic waste management in The Hague could be improved, through actions of both the municipality and the citizens. With several platforms focused on urban agriculture and many new arising initiatives, urban agriculture receives increasing attention from the public. Several innovative initiatives that use organic waste in urban agriculture are described. The current situation of using organic waste in urban agriculture is on a small scale, which is the main limitation to it’s potential. But there are several positive externalities that can make the use of organic waste in urban agriculture a contribution to the society.

Lambeth Workshop: Sustainability Impact Assessment

In March 2014, stakeholders from a range of sectors in Lambeth were invited to attend a workshop for their input into a ‚ÄúSustainability Impact Assessment‚ÄĚ tool for understanding the impacts of different types of short food chains. Here is a more detailed summary of the Sustainability Impact Assessment, including a breakdown of each sustainability dimension.

At the workshop, Dr Matjaz Glavan, a project partner from the University of Ljubljana, and Jane Berger from Enfield Council gave presentations as part of Knowledge Brokerage activities. (Presentation is available here). Local food was provided by Brixton Cornercopia and at the workshop and participants were invited to sample local Brixton Beer.