9 April 2014
WUF 7: Cities Programme Hosted event – Fair Food Systems and Networks in Australia


Cities Programme and the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance presents:

¨Fair Food Systems and Networks in Australia¨  …with international friends

Wednesday 9 April, 2pm to 4 pm

Room 11, The Yellow Pavilion

The World Urban Forum, Medellin, Colombia


Event Description

This networking event aims to draw together attendees of World Urban Forum 7 with an interest in food sovereignty, sustainable food systems and urban agriculture to strengthen the networks and knowledge around this flourishing global movement. It aims to share lessons from and build the international connectedness of the Australian food movement in particular, but will draw on the experiences of a number of comparative movements in other countries and continents.

This event presents the case for prioritising fair food systems and urban agriculture in efforts to address urban inequity and sustainability challenges. Australia, like many countries worldwide, is experiencing a paradigm shift around food production and consumption. Pressure from free trade and cheap imports has seen a recent emergence of the ‘alternative agri-food movement’ and farmers markets, where country growers now connect with city consumers all over Australia. ‘Fair food’ has become a new discourse challenging the dominant Government and agribusiness model of ‘free trade’ and ‘exports’.

Participants will be encouraged and given the opportunity to share their experiences, initiatives and networks. This event is supported by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Food Alliance; and chaired and supported by the Global Compact Cities Programme.

 For further information contact Julia Laidlaw – julia.laidlaw@citiesprogramme.org 

Agenda:

2pm – Welcome and program introduction by Global Compact Cities Programme Deputy Director Elizabeth Ryan

2.10pm – Fair Food Movement in Australia  by Dr Nick Rose, National Co-ordinator Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Project Coordinator for Food Systems at the Food Alliance, Deakin University.

2.15pm – ‘Orange Tree Blues’ – A powerful short film telling the story of fruit farmer Mick Audinno, from Leeton, in the Riverina district of NSW.

2.22pm – Urban Food Network of Victoria and the Urban and Regional Food Charter Project, Julia Laidlaw, Global Compact Cities Programme and the Urban Food Network of Victoria

2.35pm – ‘Growing Food Project’. A short documentary written and directed by Rasha Tayeh, exploring Melbourne’s local food movement and community food projects.

2.50 pm – Makiko Taguchi, Agronomist with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.

3.05 pm – Ben Mansfield, a landscape architect and environmental manager based in Zurich. Currently collaborating on an urban agriculture project in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

3.20 pm – Emily Matthiesen, Global Program Officer for Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network, based in Cairo Egypt.

3.35 – Group Discussion ¨Where are the challenges and opportunities to create fair food systems in your city?¨

Summary and closing remarks – Professor Paul James, Director, UN Global Compact Cities Programme

Contributors

Dr Nick Rose

Dr Nick Rose is the National Coordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and the Project Coordinator for Food Systems at the Food Alliance, Deakin University.

He is one of the leading actors in the rapidly emerging fair food movement in Australia. He has been a major force behind the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, which was founded in 2010 to promote a space for debate and dialogue around the need for a values- and principles-based food and farming system in Australia. In its short life, AFSA has collaboratively produced the Peoples Food Plan, Australia’s first ‘crowd-sourced’ food policy text; coordinated Australia’s first Fair Food Week (19-25 August 2013, involving 112 events in every state and territory with an estimated 15,000 people participating), and is jointly making Australia’s first food politics documentary, ‘Fair Food’, with the Locavore Edition in Melbourne.

Nick joined the Food Alliance in September 2013, and in the last 7 months has led the process of establishing Australia’s first Urban Food Network, bringing together 20 local governments as well as a wide and expanding cohort of researchers, food businesses, health professionals, planners, community gardeners, not-for-profit organisations, Transition groups, permaculturalists and others. This Network has collaboratively developed as a key strategic priority the development and implementation of an Urban and Regional Food Charter for Victoria, as a systemic and integrated text to drive forward legislative and policy change and shape practice across the state. This will be a model to be replicated in other Australian states and territories and will provide a substantial boost to the movement for urban agriculture and fair food in Australia.

Nick Rose: The People’s Food Plan for Australia 

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance report: The Peoples’s Food Plan: A common-sense approach to a fair, sustainable and resilient food system


Julia Laidlaw – Research Associate, the Global Compact Cities Programme and Lecturer, RMIT University, Australia

Julia Laidlaw is a sociologist and research associate of  the Cities Programme with a keen interest in ecological and cultural sustainability and social justice. She has experience working in various community food initiatives, is an active urban agriculturalist and fair food advocate. Her research explores innovation in urban food systems and the integration of food cultivation into the urban environment and lifestyle. In 2013 she completed a thesis on the international growth and application of urban aquaponics and market oriented urban agriculture in the USA and Australia. Julia is an establishing member of the Urban Food Network of Victoria and leading collaborator on the Urban and Regional Food Charter Project.


Makiko Taguchi– Co-Secretary, Food for Cities, Italy

Makiko Taguchi is an agronomist, working for the Plant Production and Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. She is currently working on an urban and peri-urban horticulture programme called Growing Greener Cities. The programme focuses on horticultural production in urban and peri-urban areas as a means to improve livelihoods of the urban poor and increase food and nutrition security, within the context of sustainable and resilient urban planning.

She also serves as co-secretary for the Food for the Cities initiative, which looks at the issue of urban food security in a multi-dimensional approach.


Benjamin Mansfield – Consultant on the Abalami supported Khayelitsha Urban Agriculture project, Capetown, South Africa.
Ben Mansfield is a landscape architect and environmental manager based in Zurich where he works as a consultant to several offices and organisations including Abalimi, Ikhayalami and Urban-Think Tank. He has worked on a range of projects, in Africa, Asia and Europe. Most recently he has developed an urban agriculture project in the informal settlement of Khayelitsha, Cape Town with a community who are engaging in blocking-out with Ikhayalami.

Current research interests include: open-space strategies for urban and peri-urban areas that respond to long-term ecological, hydrological, economic and food security requirements. A particular focus is the development and integration of urban agriculture systems in emerging cities.


Emily Mattheisen – Global Program Officer for Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network, Cairo, Egypt.

Emily also serves as the co-representative for the urban food and nutrition security constituency for the Civil Society Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security, and the urban poor constituency on the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty.


Rasha Tayeh

Rasha Tayeh is a nutritionist, artist and food activist – she has been involved in a range of food security, food advocacy & community food projects. She is the founder of the Moreland Food Gardens Network, a member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and an accredited Public Health Nutritionist at the Nutrition Society of Australia.


Orange Tree Blues

A powerful short film telling the story of fruit farmer Mick Audinno, from Leeton, in the Riverina district of NSW. Movingly and compassionately shot by ACT film-maker Simon Cunich with colleague Dan Gwynn, this film documents an all-too-familiar and tragic story in contemporary Australian agriculture: the uprooting of healthy fruit trees because growers can’t compete with cheaper imports. But it also showsglimpses of a positive food future, based around the warmth and connections of farmers’ markets. HD version

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