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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Juan Julià, Professor of Agricultural Economics and former Rector of the UniversitatPolitècnica de València.
  • Joan Romero, Professor of Human Geography. Universitat de València.
  • Gary Gardner, Director of Publications at the Worldwach Institute, Washington. Co-Director of the report State of the World, 2016: ‘Can a City Be Sustainable?’
  • Ana Moragues, Research Associate, Cardiff University.
  • Maurizio Mariani, Chief Executive Officer, Eating City Platform.
  • José Mª García Álvarez-Coque, PhD in Agricultural Engineering.  Coordinator of the International Economics Group. Professor of Applied Economics. He teaches Agriculture Economics and Policyat the Universitat Politècnica de València(UPV).
  • Mª Dolores Raigón, PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Professor at the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering and Environment, Chemistry Department, UPV.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Specialists
  • Juan Julià, Professor of Agricultural Economics and former Rector of the UniversitatPolitècnica de València.
  • Joan Romero, Professor of Human Geography. Universitat de València.
  • Gary Gardner, Director of Publications at the Worldwach Institute, Washington. Co-Director of the report State of the World, 2016: ‘Can a City Be Sustainable?’
  • Ana Moragues, Research Associate, Cardiff University.
  • Maurizio Mariani, Chief Executive Officer, Eating City Platform.
  • José Mª García Álvarez-Coque, PhD in Agricultural Engineering.  Coordinator of the International Economics Group. Professor of Applied Economics. He teaches Agriculture Economics and Policyat the Universitat Politècnica de València(UPV).
  • Mª Dolores Raigón, PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Professor at the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering and Environment, Chemistry Department, UPV.