Urban Food Strategy

Wednesday 18 September 2019, 10.00 – 14.00

Program

Tessa Avermaete – KU Leuven : Introduction on Urban Food Strategies

Hannah Pitt, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cardiff University. Are we making a difference? Lessons from evaluating civil society-led action on food

Caroline Huyghe en Gert Engelen, Rikolto. A Food Strategy for Leuven

Lisa-Marie Hemerijckx, PhD Student, Division of Geography and Tourism, KU Leuven – Foodsheds in African cities: cases in Kampala and Worcester

13.00 Lunch

There is no registration needed to join for the seminar. If you like to join for the lunch, please send an email to tessa.avermaete@kuleuven.be

This initiative frames within the Metaforum Working Group ‘Nutritious and Sustainable Food for the Future’

But are we making a difference?: Lessons from evaluating civil society-led action on food

Dr. Pitt has been involved in research to evaluate the impact and activity of several large programmes focused on food, led by civil society groups. These include Food For Life which works with schools and other public institutions to introduce a sustainable model for catering and food cultures. She currently leads evaluation of Food Power, a UK-wide programme supporting local alliances which collaborate to tackle the causes of food poverty. This type of research presents particular challenges and opportunities for both the academic and non-academic sides of the partnership. During the seminar these will be explored, together with insight to some of the approaches which have proved successful in supporting civic groups to demonstrate and understand their impact.

A Food Strategy for Leuven 

In June 2018, the City of Leuven launched its food strategy. This food strategy was inspired by initiatives of other cities, such as Ghent and Rotterdam. It was thereby an explicit choice to work bottom-up and involve all stakeholders and citizens in the process of setting out the key pillars of the food strategy. Ambitions have been formulated and the framework is developed for implementation. In this presentation, Caroline will outline the different steps for implementing the food strategy.

Caroline is coordinator Food Smart Cities Rikolto Belgium & Facilitator ‘Healthy and sustainable food’ Leuven 2030. Gert was co-leading the development of the food strategy of Leuven

Foodsheds in African cities: cases in Kampala and Worcester

Lisa-Marie Hemerijckx, PhD Student, Division of Geography and Tourism, KU Leuven

Urban food systems in the rapidly growing cities of the Global South are under pressure because of an ongoing loss of farmland in urban and peri-urban settings. This threatens the food security of deprived social groups that suffer from a decreased accessibility to healthy foodstuffs. We aim to contribute to a better understanding of African urban food systems by analysing spatial relations between the development of the city’s built environment and the locations of food production and consumption. Kampala, the rapidly growing capital of Uganda, and Worcester, South Africa, will be taken as example cases.