FOOD HAS ALWAYS SHAPED URBAN SPACES. THE FIRST CITIES WERE BUILT CLOSE TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL AREAS, REPRESENTING A CROSSROADS FOR ALL THE PRODUCTS OF THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE. THEIR FORMATION WAS INTENDED TO FOSTER A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RURAL WORLD, MAINTAINING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE PRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND CONSUMERS.
Cities are growing at a impressive pace across the world today. In 2007, for the first time, the world’s urban population overtook its rural population, and today fully half of the world’s population live in urban centers that occupy just 2% of the Earth’s surface. Cities consume the majority of available resources: not just 70% of all the food produced worldwide, but also the soil, water, air and services. Cities are the main drivers of the climate crisis, but looking at the problem from a new perspective, they can also be the protagonists of change. By putting the food system at the top of the agenda, with knowledge exchange and the sharing and promotion of best practices from the grassroots up, cities have enormous potential to enact the change we need.
Communities from across the world share and compare their experiences.
If you missed the 9 am session (Italian time) of the forum, you can watch it again in English
9 am session (Italian time):
Moderator: Raoul Tiraboschi (Italy)
- Joel Basumatari (India), cook and founder of the Slow Food Nagaland community for the preservation of biodiversity, Indigenous Terra Madre Network
- Taichi Isaku (Japan), Disco Soup organizer in Japan and inventor of the Tabete project, Slow Food Nippon member
- Lucille Ortiz (The Philippines), Masipag (Farmer-Scientists Partnership for Development) National Secretariat under the Research, Education and Training Unit.
- Tran Thi Kieu Thanh Ha (Vietnam), Livable Cities Program manager for the HealthBridge Foundation in Vietnam
- Guven Eken (Turkey), Slow Food Mahal leader and advisor for sustainability in Izmir’s Municipality
6 pm session (Italian time):
Moderator: Richard McCarthy (USA)
- Jeffrey Spangenberg (The Netherlands), president of Slow Food Amsterdam and co-founder of the Amsterdam Food Council
- John Kiwagalo (Uganda), Slow Food Youth Network coordinator in Africa, expert in online sale platforms for small scale farmers
- Chanowk Yisrael (USA), founder of Ysrael Family Farm, a farmer who is active in the topics of sustainability and urban resiliance.
- Vicki Assevero (Trinidad and Tobago), lawyer, member of the Advisory Board of Yale School of the environment and forestry, founder of Green Market Santa Cruz
Event languages: IT, EN, ES