València 2017

INSPIRING CAPITAL

València will be leading a transformation movement called Milan Urban Food Policy Pact throughout the year.  The project aims at promoting this protocol worldwide, making it better known, and serving as an inspiration for other cities to adhere to it. We will contribute to the creation of more equitative and better nurtured cities, and we have many reasons to do so:

  • Because we believe in the key role cities play in finding sustainable food and in promoting healthy diets these days.
  • Because many cities want their urban growth to be consistent with the survival of small local food producers.
  • Because we are aware that we can transform reality and deal with poverty and health, transportation and trade, and energy and education by means of food policies.
  • Half of the world population lives in cities. We want to share our experience, to help each other and improve our citizens’ quality of life.

Sustainable Food

Sustainable food as such is an interdisciplinary concept, touching areas such as health, education, agriculture, land planning, commerce, social inclusion, transportation, energy and the environment.

Our main goals are the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Besides,  the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all are a priority, together with a sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air and climate ones, for the benefit of present and future generations. We consider the right to healthy and safe food a basic human right comparable to the right to access water. And we must fight the existence of people starving in the same world where millions of people suffer from obesity.

Cities have a leading role to play in the promotion of healthy diets and in the development of sustainable food systems. In 2050, our planet is going to host nine billion people, three quarters of them will live in urban areas. Thus, cities will need to rethink their food networks and shift from their vision to simply feed people to a more systemic understanding. Indeed, food is not only a sum of calories and nutrients necessary to make our body working, it is also embedded in a whole system that influences our quality of life and includes all activities and actors necessary to grow, harvest, process, package, transport, market, consume, and dispose of food and all food-related items.

A new life-cycle from food production to bringing it to our plates is possible and it requires political commitment as well as concrete actions, involving a variety of civil society, business, political and academic actors.

València and FAO

Last October, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the city of València signed an agreement to fight hunger and food waste, and improve nutrition in urban areas.

This agreement, which was signed by José Graziano da Silva, Director General of  FAO, and the mayor of València, Joan Ribó, was reached the moment València was chosen to host the next gathering of the more than one hundred and thirty cities which  adhered to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact last year. The agreement laid the foundations for the promotion of the Pact implementation, and it is a pledge to promote fairer and more ecologically rational food systems in urban areas.

“It is a mistake to think that cities do not have a very active role to play regarding food and nutritional security,” FAO Director General stated, noting that food waste and over nutrition – leading to obesity – are major challenges for cities around the world.

On his part, Joan Ribó remarked, “For us, food is too important to be left in the hands of global markets, and we believe we must intervene and focus on food security as an issue.” He also valued his signature this way, “This agreement is an opportunity for us to benefit from FAO’s technical capacities and to share our experience with other cities and learn from them.”

SOCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

We created a working group in charge of providing advice and support to cities and organizations which may be interested in planning out  fairer and better nurtured cities.

  • Universitat Politècnica de València.
  • Universitat de València.
  • Diputació de València.
  • Consellería de Agricultura, Medi Ambient, Canvi Climàtic i Desenvolupament Rural.
  • Conselleria de Sanitat, Universal i Salut Pública.
  • Patent Pool and Knowledge, Generalitat Valenciana.
  • CERAI, Center for International Agriculture and Rural Studies.
  • CIRIEC, International Center for Research and Information on Public, Social and Cooperative Economics.
  • CSIC, Spanish National Research Council.
  • AINIA, Technological Center for Food Quality and Innovation.
  • Climate-KIC, Innovation Center in Climate Change.
  • Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders, Farmers’ and Cattle Breeders’ Union.
  • AVA, Associació Valenciana d’Agricultors, Valencian Farmers’ Association.
  • Cooperatives Agroalimentàries de la ComunitatValenciana, Agroalimentary Unions of the Valencian Community.
  • Per l’Horta, non-profit association defending Valencian vegetable gardens and orchards.
  • Colegio Oficial de Médicos de València, Provincial Medical Association.
  • ASUCOVA, Comunidad Valenciana’s Supermarkets Association.
  • Ana Moragues, Research Fellow at the School of Geography and Planning and the Sustainable Places Institute at Cardiff University. Her research interests revolve mainly around sustainable agri-food systems, food security, urban and rural linkages but also questions of governance and justice including the involvement of civil society organizations and public institutions. She actively participates in a range of local, national and international partnerships with the aim to understand better our food system.
  • Antonio Ariño, Professor of Sociology at the University of València. Vice-Rector of Culture and Equality of the University of Valencia and Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Culture of the Institution Alfons el Magnànim. His main lines of research focus on the fields of sociology and culture, social welfare policies and the Third Sector.
  • Edward Rubin, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, and was the founding director of the University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and the Institute for the Environment.
  • Gary Gardner, Gary Gardner is Director of Publications at the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. He has written on a broad range of sustainability issues, from cropland loss and water scarcity to malnutrition and bicycle use. He contributes regularly to Institute publications, including State of the World and Vital Signs. He is the author of the 2006 book Inspiring Progress: Religions’ Contributions to Sustainable Development.
  • Joan Romero, Professor of Human Geography at the University of València. He is a member of the Interuniversity Institute for Local Development and the Alfons Cucó Chair of European Political Thinking. His research activity focuses on the field of political geography and social geography.
  • José Mª García Álvarez-Coque, Doctor and Agricultural Engineer. Coordinator of the Group of International Economy and Development of the Land Citizen Chair. Professor of Applied Economics and Professor of Economics and Agricultural Policy at the Universitat Politécnica de València.
  • Juan Julià, PhD in Agronomy and Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Polytechnic University of València. Director of the Cajamar UPV Chair of Social Economy and President of the Interuniversity Spanish Network of Research Centers and Institutes in Social Economy.
  • Mª Dolores Raigón, Doctor and Agricultural Engineer. Professor of the University School of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. President of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture. Member of the Scientific Committee of ‘5 a day’.
  • Maurizio Mariani, Maurizio Mariani is member of the “Groupe de Bruges” (an EU Think Tank fully dedicated to the AGRI Business) and Sustainable Food Lab (USA). He is also founder and member of the Advisory Council of the MCA (Mediterranean Citizen Assembly) since 2008. Founder of the Social Cooperative Nanà, which manages in Piedmont (Italy) some assets confiscated to the mafia, developing a new model of social economy in the field of restaurants- bar and sales of organic food. He is an expert of economy and environment related to agribusiness.
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Universities and administration
  • Universitat Politècnica de València.
  • Universitat de València.
  • Diputació de València.
  • Consellería de Agricultura, Medi Ambient, Canvi Climàtic i Desenvolupament Rural.
  • Conselleria de Sanitat, Universal i Salut Pública.
  • Patent Pool and Knowledge, Generalitat Valenciana.
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Specialized Organizations
  • CERAI, Center for International Agriculture and Rural Studies.
  • CIRIEC, International Center for Research and Information on Public, Social and Cooperative Economics.
  • CSIC, Spanish National Research Council.
  • AINIA, Technological Center for Food Quality and Innovation.
  • Climate-KIC, Innovation Center in Climate Change.
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Associations
  • Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders, Farmers’ and Cattle Breeders’ Union.
  • AVA, Associació Valenciana d’Agricultors, Valencian Farmers’ Association.
  • Cooperatives Agroalimentàries de la ComunitatValenciana, Agroalimentary Unions of the Valencian Community.
  • Per l’Horta, non-profit association defending Valencian vegetable gardens and orchards.
  • Colegio Oficial de Médicos de València, Provincial Medical Association.
  • ASUCOVA, Comunidad Valenciana’s Supermarkets Association.
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Specialists
  • Ana Moragues, Research Fellow at the School of Geography and Planning and the Sustainable Places Institute at Cardiff University. Her research interests revolve mainly around sustainable agri-food systems, food security, urban and rural linkages but also questions of governance and justice including the involvement of civil society organizations and public institutions. She actively participates in a range of local, national and international partnerships with the aim to understand better our food system.
  • Antonio Ariño, Professor of Sociology at the University of València. Vice-Rector of Culture and Equality of the University of Valencia and Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Culture of the Institution Alfons el Magnànim. His main lines of research focus on the fields of sociology and culture, social welfare policies and the Third Sector.
  • Edward Rubin, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, and was the founding director of the University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and the Institute for the Environment.
  • Gary Gardner, Gary Gardner is Director of Publications at the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. He has written on a broad range of sustainability issues, from cropland loss and water scarcity to malnutrition and bicycle use. He contributes regularly to Institute publications, including State of the World and Vital Signs. He is the author of the 2006 book Inspiring Progress: Religions’ Contributions to Sustainable Development.
  • Joan Romero, Professor of Human Geography at the University of València. He is a member of the Interuniversity Institute for Local Development and the Alfons Cucó Chair of European Political Thinking. His research activity focuses on the field of political geography and social geography.
  • José Mª García Álvarez-Coque, Doctor and Agricultural Engineer. Coordinator of the Group of International Economy and Development of the Land Citizen Chair. Professor of Applied Economics and Professor of Economics and Agricultural Policy at the Universitat Politécnica de València.
  • Juan Julià, PhD in Agronomy and Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Polytechnic University of València. Director of the Cajamar UPV Chair of Social Economy and President of the Interuniversity Spanish Network of Research Centers and Institutes in Social Economy.
  • Mª Dolores Raigón, Doctor and Agricultural Engineer. Professor of the University School of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. President of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture. Member of the Scientific Committee of ‘5 a day’.
  • Maurizio Mariani, Maurizio Mariani is member of the “Groupe de Bruges” (an EU Think Tank fully dedicated to the AGRI Business) and Sustainable Food Lab (USA). He is also founder and member of the Advisory Council of the MCA (Mediterranean Citizen Assembly) since 2008. Founder of the Social Cooperative Nanà, which manages in Piedmont (Italy) some assets confiscated to the mafia, developing a new model of social economy in the field of restaurants- bar and sales of organic food. He is an expert of economy and environment related to agribusiness.