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ISP-LTT Regenerative urban food planning for ecosocial transitions

DATES: 26.6.2022 – 4.7.2022

You can download the Manual with the goals, programme, locations, preparations, deliverables, etcetera here.

Hosting organisation

Polytechnical University of Madrid, Department of architecture, ETSAM, Avenida Juan Herrera, Nº 4, Madrid, Spain

This is the main working place during the workshop.

Learning objectives

The participant:

  1. IP Is aware of the vulnerability of urban food system
  2. IP Can anticipate future problems and address them by leveraging local resources
  3. IP Can identify stakeholders and power structures in a new and unknown context.
  4. IP Can use collaborative mapping tools to prefigure alternatives
  5. IP Can apply strategic thinking to a weak define problem, and develop action oriented proposals
  6. IP Can communicate findings and proposals
  7. Transversal: Collaborative working

Preliminary programme

Day 1: Sunday June 26, 2022: Travel to Madrid, or earlier if you wish

For those who are already here and want to meet: 19.00 Plaza de las Comendadoras (Federalcafe)

Day 2: Monday June 27, 2022 Madrid ETSAM, Avenida Juan Herrera, Nº 4

9.00-13.00 Welcome Presentation of participants Presentation of the workshop Presnetation of the results from the LL Madrid

13.00- 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 17.30 Master class. Vulnerability of current urban food system Team building Workshop I: Scenarios

Day 3: Tuesday June, 28, 2022 Madrid

6.00-12.00 Field trip: Mercamadrid, Madrid Km0. Community garden

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-15.00 Workshop II. Analysis Presentation of the workshop Presentation of the results from the LL Madrid

Day 4: Wednesday June 29, 2022 Zarzalejo

8.00-18.00 Field trip (Lunch included 13.00 – 14.00) CSA Zarzalejo Local center Communities in Transition Master class. Agroecological movement Master class: Participatory tools, networks and community building Workshop III. Diagnosis  

Day 5: Thursday June 30, 2022 Madrid

9.00-13.00 Master class: Urban food strategies Workshop IV. Goals Mercamadrid,

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Workshop V. Proposal

16.00-17.00 Presentations

17.00- 18.30 Online course AESOP4FOOD on Monitoring and Evaluation

20.00 Common dinner

Day 6: Friday July 1, 2022 Madrid

9.00-13.00 Visit cooperative supermarket Visit municipal market Master class: Strategic plan for municipal markets and food retail sector

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Workshop VI Proposal

Day 7: Saturday July 2, 2022 Madrid

9.00-13.00 Workshop VII (Espacios communes, c/Lorenzana 2, Madrid)

Day 8: Sunday July 3 2022 Madrid

9.00-13.00 Workshop VIII (Espacios communes, c/Lorenzana 2, Madrid)

13.00 -14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 17.30 Workshop VIII

Day 9:Monday July 4, 2022 Madrid

9.00-12.00 Workshop

12.00 – 13.00 Presentation of results

13.00 – 14.30 Picnic

17.00 – 23.00 (Optional) Field trip to a CSA for a collaborative working session at the farm)

Day 10: July 5: Travel day

Original Introduction

This Intensive Study Programme is planned from June 25 until July 4, 2022. The programme will focus on the potential for improving the sustainability of the local food system: addressing the governance and spatial implications of sustainable production and the cross-relations to nature protection and environmental/landscape quality in urban fringe areas.

The local context will be the city of Madrid as it is a member of the Spanish City-Food Network ‘Red de Ciudades por la Agroecología’, and there are several enterprises and social actors related to the local food sector. These vary from allotment gardens, community gardens, CSA, and social and economic enterprises for local food production in the urban fringe and region. These form new chains of food production and innovation in social entrepreneurship and social relationships. Urban food production contributes to social cohesion, local economy, and quality of life.

The city of Madrid signed Milano Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) in October 2015. Different municipal departments dealing with food issues, together with some relevant social and economic stakeholders confirmed a Monitoring Table of the MUFPP in 2016 and the city adopted a Sustainable and Healthy Food Strategy on 1st March 2018. Currently, the city is developing two programs of Productive Neighbourhoods and Metropolitan Forest, in which urban agriculture plays a key role.

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid works together with the Red de Ciudades por la Agroecología (Network of Local Authorities boosting Agroecology) and other social cooperatives and NGOs such as Germinando (gives support to the monitoring table and the implementation of the Food Strategy) and Madrid Agroecológico (social platform seeking an agroecological transition in the Madrid region, which brings together a wide range of actors from both the rural and the urban worlds). The Observatory for the Guarantee of the Right to Food will provide the perspective of people at risk of food insecurity in the IP.

Important questions for the Intensive Programme are: Given that over 90% of food consumed in Madrid comes from outside the region, what are the main challenges of the metropolitan food system? How to intertwin scales, with ongoing strategies promoting agroecology and sustainable food system, from the neighbourhood to the regional one? How can agroecology and urban agriculture contribute to sustainable economic development? Which (spatial) strategies can be developed (for governance, local entrepreneurs, and agroecological and food movements) in order to achieve social and economic goals? Which business models are suitable to serve the needs of the local communities? How can agroecological programs be connected to public procurement and food aid programs? How can sustainable production be combined with the needs of the inhabitants and the potential for food production?

These questions will be addressed during a 10 days workshop, by an international group of students, tutors, teachers and staff of the partner NGOs in collaboration with the local stakeholder groups.