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Food is undoubtedly the core issue when it comes to a sustainable future. What you eat is now deciding the future environment human beings will live in. Whereas food strategies used to be the domain of national politics, local governments are increasingly asking this question too. This seminar aims to take stock and define key lessons from recent Dutch examples.

Event details of NFP#3: A conversation between urban food strategists of Amsterdam and Ede
Date 19 January 2022
Time 16:00 -17:30

Examples from Dutch municipalities that have developed food strategies include Ede, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen and Rotterdam. These cities have articulated ambitious aims in regard to food, yet they start from different positions. The City of Ede has developed an ambitious and integrative food strategy in order to strengthen the regional economy, e.g. being part of ‘Food Valley’, alliances with Wageningen University and private sector, and to foster social cohesion and public wellbeing (food as a vehicle to contribute to an inclusive society).

Other cities emphasise more the environmental impacts as a reason to develop local food strategies. To illustrate, one of the six pillars in the City of Amsterdam’s food strategy states that the future of food vision should be plant-based. This seminar aims to take stock and define key lessons from these recent Dutch examples. We hereby sincerely invite two frontrunners: Ede and Amsterdam to share their experiences. Our key questions for you are: 

  • What points of leverage do local governments have in transforming the food system from production front to the consumption end? 
  • How can urban food policies become embedded in local governance systems? 
  • What role is there for spatial planning? 

On the commentary side, we will have Dr Jannes Willems and PhD candidate Ying-Tzu Lin from the University of Amsterdam, to reflect on the governance of food and spatial planning in an international academic approach. General questions and discussions will come after the commentary. The seminar will be a combination of practical lessons and academic reflections with participants from the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia. 

Programme

16.00 – 16.10         Introduction by the chair Ying-tzu Lin 
16.10 – 16.30 Food strategy in the city of Amsterdam by Frank Bakkum, Urban planner Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability 
16.30 – 16.40 Food strategy in the city of Ede by Ellen Poolman, Food policy maker in the city of Ede  
16.40 – 16.50 Comment and observation by Dr. Jannes Willems and PhD candidate Ying-Tzu Lin 
16.50 – 17.25 Q&A 
17.25  -17.30 Closing comments