Knowledge Community

FUSILLI’s Knowledge Community aims to share best practices on food system transformation to empower cities as innovation agents for the development of long-term urban food planning. It enables city as actors in the food system to learn from each other about successful policies and actions in their cities.

The Urban Food Knowledge Community Platform

The FUSILLI Knowledge Community Platform (KCP) is a knowledge sharing and learning platform that brings together lessons learned and case studies from a wider network of food systems such as FOOD 2030 around the world, including the FUSILLI Living Labs.

Why a knowledge platform ?

The core ambition of the FUSILLI KCP is to overcome barriers to the development and implementation of integrated, systemic food policies that support the transition towards sustainable food systems in urban, peri-urban and nearby rural areas through the exchange of experiences.

What does it offer?

FUSILLI KCP puts 12 Living Labs in a knowledge sharing and learning network to address the challenges of the food system transformation: These trajectories are visualized in what we call ‘Transformation Journeys’ – the journeys of the FUSILLI Living Labs to transform food systems. 

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"Hungry for Exchange" Webinars

Hungry for Exchange are flagship events for the Knowledge Community – a sort of community of practice for anyone interested in or working in the field of urban food system transformation.

Aptly titled Hungry for Exchange, these webinars are scheduled during lunchtime on a Thursday and is a series of 6 public (open) webinar events for the worldwide knowledge community.

In each webinar, 1 initiative, organization, or institution external to the FUSILLI consortium is invited to present during the webinar, as well as 1 or 2 FUSILLI cities, to present their activities and lessons learned and related to a specific ‘food theme’ (e.g. food education, stakeholder engagement, from farm to fork, advocacy, etc.).

 

 

Edition #4 – Local solutions: Building self-sustaining urban food networks

Food systems, actors, challenges, and value chains vary widely from city to city, and are influenced in no small way by the citizens and established local initiatives. Promoting local solutions are key in developing measures that last and create impact. In this session, we delve into the pressing challenge of creating alternative spaces for sustainable food existence in urban areas. Our focus will be on exploring how to foster self-sustaining solutions beyond traditional projects. We are joined by representatives from the FUSILLI cities of Turin and Kharkiv, offering diverse perspectives on circular food systems and innovative policy solutions amidst war, as well as an external speaker from Brussels sharing insights from the the global framework of the ‘Good Food Strategy’ as a local and sustainable food policy. 

Edition #3: Green growth, post-growth or degrowth ?

Cities across Europe that take action for food system transformation are often challenged in collaborating with growth- or profit-oriented stakeholders. Where sustainable and healthy food for all is sometimes seen as a ‘public good’, it is difficult to make change happen in a globalized food system that is generally oriented towards economic growth. In this edition, FUSILLI Living Lab coordinators Karoliina Tuukkanen from Tampere (FI) and Line Tveiten from Oslo (NO) alongside urban plan researcher Dr. Emel Karakaya from Izmir Democracy University will explore these challenges and their strategies to deal with them. 

Edition #2: Hungry for Exchange X Feeding Cities Conference

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Amidst social, environmental, and economic pressures on food systems worldwide, cities increasingly take up a crucial and leading role in food system transformations. The Feeding Cities conference brought together city-region practitioners along food chains to set a common research agenda. The diverse program of keynote speakers, practitioner-led and researcher-led workshops, interactive webinars and panel discussions around strengthening practitioner-researcher collaborations has led to the setting of a common transformation Agenda.

Edition #1: Connecting with People 

Representatives of our Living Labs: Helle Vilsboll from Kolding (DK) and Celia Ferreira dn Mario Cristovao from Castelo Branco (PT), will share how connecting with people in the city has been key in kickstarting urban food system transformation. The guest of our first webinar edition, Francesco Lombardo representing the municipality of Bologna (IT) from the FoodE project, will present outcomes from two pilot projects on urban agriculture, gardening, food education, social acitivities and hospitality.