Urban Agriculture and Horticulture
The Linkage with Urban Planning
Domäne Dahlem, Berlin, 7.-9. July, 2000
- TRIALOG - Association for Research into Housing, Planning and Building in the Developing World
- Humboldt-University, Faculty of Agriculture, Focus on Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes
- HABITAT Cuba, Havana
- Instituto Superior Politechnico José Antonio Echeverría (University), Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Havana
- Domäne Dahlem, Berlin.
- European Network of Housing Research, Working Group on Housing in Developing Countries.
- Betriebsgesellschaft Stadtgüter Berlin m.b.h.
- Pusat Pendidikan Lingkungan Hidup Bali Enviromental Education Center.
- UNCHS/PGU: Programma de Gestion Urbana,America Latina, Quito.
Heide Hoffmann, Dr. Priv.Doz (Humboldt University, Berlin); Kosta Mathéy, Prof. Dr. (ISPJAE, TRIALOG)
Scientific Advisory Committee:
Ruben Bancrofft, Prof. Dr. (ISPJAE, Havana), Yves Cabannes, Dr., (UMP-AL, Quito), Maria Caridad Cruz (Fundacion de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Havana/Cuenca), Ulli Fuhrke, Dipl. Ing. (Hidup, Bali, Indonesia)., Christine Furedy, Prof. Dr. (University of York, Toronto)., Bernd Geyer, Prof. Dr. (Humboldt Uni , Berlin)., Herbert Giradet, (Urban Futures, London), Hans-Günther Kaufmann, Prof. Dr. (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Beacon Mbiba (University of Zimbabwe, Harare), Luc Mougeot, Dr. (IDRC, Ottawa), Jonas Rabinovich (UNDP, Washington DC), Jac Smit (TUAN, Washington, DC, USA), Henk De Zeeuw, ETC, Leusden, NL
Context and aim of the Symposium:
Most of highly developed ancient societies benefitted from the advantages of urban gardens. Modern societies, though much more urbanized, generally forgot about this rich culture. Only very recently, faced with increasing poverty and ecological degradation, the potentials of Urban Agriculture and Horticulture are being rediscovered.
The advantages of Urban Agriculture are manyfold: better nutrition, less loss of food from transport and storage, poverty reduction through income opportunities and possible home production, education leisure, and - last not least - a greener city with all its ecological benefits.
Hence, international Development Agencies are establishing special investigation into the issue, and new University careers in the subject have recently been opened in the Americas and elsewhere. A quick search in the Internet will provide hundreds of links under the term 'Urban Agriculture'. However, the practical implementation of the concept still remains an uncoordinated practice in most cities and its smooth integration into modern urban life and planning requires more research, ingenuity and mediation between the stakeholders involved. The objective of this symposium is to update and compare the link between research, practitioners, trainers and supporters. Special emphasis will be put on placing Urban Agriculture, which in the past was predominantly discussed between agronomists and economist, on the agenda of Urban Planning, Housing and Landscape Design, too.
Examples of topics to be discussed at the Symposium include:
- Securing access to land for U.A. through land use planning and strategic support
- The economic truth on Urban Agriculture: real costs, incomes, marketing, subsidies
- The urban actors and their interlinkage: producers, consumers, planning authorities and mediators
- Urban agriculture above ground level (facades, roofs, indoors..)
- Support and guidance for success the possible contribution of international co-operation.
- Compact cities versus green cities, edible parks, urban forests, vertical gardens.
- New horizons for gender, the elderly, education, leisure, quality of life.
- Practice, traditions and innovations in five continents: myth and reality
The symposium is linked to URBAN 21, the World Conference on the future of cities - which follows on from the UNCHS Habitat II conference held in Istanbul 1996. The number of participants in the symposium and its field visits will be limited to fifty practitioners, scientists and donors who already have good experience in the topic. This will allow a productive two-way communication about the issues to be raised. All participants are expected to con-tribute a significant input in form of paper, exhibition, video etc. The results of the event will be made available in form of a CD-Rom
09:00 Welcome and opening
10:00 Introductory lectures: Urban Agriculture and Planning - the missing link
Urban Agriculture and Urban patterns: Implications for Sustainability - Nasr, Joe Smit, Jac - The Urban Agriculture Network, Washington, DC - Global
Urban Agriculture and Urban Planning: what should be taken into consideration to plan the city of the 21st century? Cabannes, Yves Dubbeling, Marielle - UMP-LAC, Urban Management Programme HABITAT-UNDP, Quito - 7 cities in Latin America
The impact of industrial and transport pollution on Urban Agriculture products: a risk assessment - Helmut Staedter - Environmental concept, Berlin - Global
Instruments and Methods for a Participative development Planning. Case study: Thiès (Senegal). Prélaz,Roland-Droux, Malick Gaye - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne& ENDA, Dakar - Thies, Senegal
13:00 Lunch, identification of interest groups
14:00 Workshop sessions
A) UA and the City
The cross breeding of the tropical landscape with modernity - Bell Lemus, Carlos - ECOFONDO (NGO), Colombia - Valledupar
Vegetable Production on Open Spaces in Dar es Salaam Ð Spatial Changes 1992-1999" - Dongus , Stefan - Axel, Drescher- Jacobi, Petra - Amend, Järg - University of Freiburg & GTZ, Dar es Salaam - Tanzania
Urban agriculture in South Africa - Jarlöv, Lena - Dalarna Research Institute, Falun, Sweden - Port Elizabeth
Urban planning and agriculture: Towards an environmental planning framework in Nigeria - Oruwari, Yomi - Rivers State Univerity, Harcourt - Nigeria
Sustainability and lifelyhood
The cutting edge between agenda 21, food and design in the new millemium - Fisker, Anna Marie - Aalborg University - Denmark: Linking gastronomy with art
The role of community gardening and community development - Hobbs, Karen - White House Task Force on Liveable Communities - Washington, DC USA
The impact of community gardining iniciatives in New York City on Children - Hassel, Malve Von - Anthropologist - New York
Practices and Planning of Agriculture in the Urban Context: Building Food Security in the Montréal Metropolitan Area - Reyburn, Stefan - Sénécal Gilles - University of Quebec - Montreal, Canada
B) Country experiences
Urban Enterprises in West Africa - Oni, Samuel Iyiola - University of Lagos - Lagos,Nigeria
State and Perspectives of Urban agriculture in Botswana - Mosha C. Aloysius- Cavric, Branko - University of Botswana, Gabarone - Botswana
Integration of governmental and non-governmental policies in the promotion of Urban Agriculture in Latin America: Cuenca (Ecuador) and Havana (Cuba) - Cary Cruz - Fundacion para le hombre, Havana - Cuba
Urban Agriculture Practice in Nakuru, Kenya - Owuor Ouma, Samuel - Nakuru, Kenya
Environmental costs of peri-urban agriculture - Ramy Zurayk - American University of Beirut - Lebanon
C) Urban Ecology
The Ahmedabad Urban Community Forestry Model - Liliana Marulanda - Independent expert; & USAID - India
Urban Agriculture and Local sustainable Development in Rosario Argentina Spiaggi, Edurado - Universidad Nacional de Rosario - El Rosario, Argentina
Localising network capacity for sustainable agriculture: the case of urban agriculture in the Metropolitan zone of Mexico City - Bucio, Andrés - Universidad Iberoamericana, Santa Fe - Mexico
From the plateau de Saclay (France) to the plains of Sijoumi (Tunisia) - Bouraqi, Moez - Ecole Nationale Superieure de Versailles - France/Tunisia
17:30 The German context (conference in plenum)
Conservation related Development in the suburbia of Hannover - Brenken, Heike - EXPO 2000 and University of Hannover - Hannover, Germany
Urban Fruit Production - Possibilities and Limitations - Ebert, Georg, Dr. - Humboldt University, Berlin - Berlin, Germany
18:30 Book Presentation
New book on Urban Agriculture - UNDP - Washington, D.C. - Book presentation
A Study of Urban Agriculture in Accra, Ghana Change in official attitude toward Urban Agriculture - Obosu-Mensah, Kwaku - Universities of Ghana and Toronto - Book Presentation
09:00 Visit of Organic Farmers' market, Domäne Dahlem
10:00 Reflections on UA marketing issues
Regional economic and farmer's market development in the New York region - Nettleton, John - Cornell University - New York
Sowing in hard land: Grass-roots urban Agriculture in East New ork, Brooklyn NY - Winston, E. Perry - Pratt Planning & Architectural Collaborative - New York, USA
11:30 Site visits in and around Berlin:
Staatsgüter Berlin (sludge deposit, fruit trees), ecological and integral houses, roof greening, hydroponic cultures, urban cattle farming, allotment gardens, etc.
9:30 Culture and Trandition (conference in plenum)
Balancing Risks and Pleasures: Urban agriculture in Selesia - Bellows C. Anne - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick - Poland
"Multicultural gardens: Changing the landscape of the city" - Giradet, Herbert - Urban Futures London
Agriculture and the livehood of the poor in Southern Africa - Martin Adrienne, Oudwater, Nicoliene - Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich - Cape Town - Pretoria
Multicultural gardens: changing the landscape of the city - Wrkerle, Gerda G. - York University - Ontario Canada
Urban agriculture in England, Perspectives and Potential - Perez Vatquez, Arturo Anderson, Simon Rogers, Alan - Wye College, University of London - Southeast of England
13:00 Lunch, poster presentations
14:00 Case studies (conference in plenum)
Rooftop and indoors gardening in St. Pertersburg - Alexander Gavrilov - St. Petersburg Urban Gardening Club. - St. Petersburg, Russia
Ecological Sanitation - A missing link to sustainable urban development - Andersson,Ingvar, Steven A. Esrey - UNICEF UNDP - Mexico-Zimbabwe
Garden cities, allotments, community gardens and simple gardening: Anglo-American traditions of Urban Agriculture - Bromley, Ray - State University of New York, Albany - USA
Municipality of Quito metropolitan district - Alban, Klever, Sabrina Taubeneck - Municipality of Quito, Humboldt University Berlin - Ecuador
Creating edible buildings - growing food on and around buildings - Petts, James - Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming; - London
Microfinance and Urban Agriculture - Remenyi, Joe - Deakin University, Greelong - Dhaka, Bangla Desh
17:00 Closing session
Closing statements from a UN, city and NGO perspective - Jac Smit, Marielle Debbeling, Malick Gaye - UA Network; PGU-UNCHS, ENDA - Gobal
A briefing note ON THE FUTURE OF urban agriculture - Rabinovich, Jonas - UNDP, Urban Development Team - Global
Potential new participants to the symposium are invited to submit a completed pre-registration form by e-mail until June 1st, The acceptance of the registration depends on the availability of space in the conference venue, and will be confirmed before June 15th. . The registration fee is DM 100,- and includes the entry to the venue, a set of abstracts, the welcome cocktail and a visiting tour to urban agriculture experiences in Berlin.
Further and periodically updated Information:
General correspondence and registration by e-mail:
Dr. Heide Hoffmann, F…A, Humboldt-Universität
Invalidenstrasse 42, D-10099 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49-30-2093-8720. FAX -8723
Dr. Kosta Mathéy (TRIALOG, ENHR)
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The Linkage with Urban Planning
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