ICUA-Casa 2013

Closing Event of the UAC-Project with broad international participation

Following a transdisciplinary approach, as the UAC-project itself, the 3-day International Colloquium on Urban Agriculture (ICUA) aimed at sharing knowledge, experiences and practices between stakeholders and multipliers of various backgrounds to reflect on upcoming challenges facing future megacities and the possible role of Urban Agriculture.

The ICUA-Casa marked a final milestone of the UAC research project, offering a platform to discuss the outcome of more than eight years of Moroccan-German collaboration and placing them in the global discussion on the development of cities and urban agriculture. Further approaches, projects, and actions from other urban contexts worldwide were presented to enrich the dialogue and thus a bridge between global north and south were facilitated. The colloquium revolved around the key issues of transferability and the anchoring of food policies in urban development.

The ICUA – Casa 2013 brought together stakeholders from the fields of research, urban policy and administration, as well as international, regional and local organisations, with the aim to present the various outcomes of the project and to discuss experiences and constraints of the implementation of urban agriculture. The colloquium reflected a transdisciplinary and multilevel perspective, going from the micro-level (local projects) to the meso-level (multifunctionality) and the macro level (global debates, governance).

In addition to keynote speeches, excursions to view on-site examples and a panel discussion with experts on ​​"Food Policy Making" from Berlin, Kigali, Sao Paulo, New York and Toronto parallel working groups were used to stimulate exchange.

Within the practice-oriented Learnshops each UAC pilot project was faced with a similar invited project under the guiding question of how to sustainably integrate city and agriculture to form a polycentric city-region. Within the Generating Multifunctionality-Sessions inputs by guest experts and subsequent discussions served to deeper reflect on the generation of multifunctional land use through urban agriculture.

The colloquium, which was characterized by a broad international participation from 28 countries both from the global north and south, turned out to be very benificial for the diverse multiplicatorship. A lively exchange evolved between the international auditorium and the local stakeholders and decision takers.

The group of transdisciplinary multipliers encompassed representatives from the FAO, UN-Habitat, RUAF and other international organizations and networks. The event was well received in the local media (radio and newspaper).


Here you can download the expert´s presentations:

Baya: Valorisation des eaux pluviales et grises traitées en agriculture
urbaine pour l’amélioration des conditions socio-économiques de la
population défavorisée de la ville de La Soukra-Ariana

Blay-Palmer: Short rural- urban food chains

Dubelling: Feeding a city –the case of Lima, Peru

Fadili: Enjeux et défis du développement urbain durable

Lhafi: Agriculture urbaine et periurbaine. Les ressources à lépreuve du changement climatique

Omari: Urban agriculture in the city of Amman

Sala: Urban agriculture and leisure / tourism

Sy Moussa: Atouts et défis de la valorisation multifunctionelle des trames vertes dans les villes: Le cas de Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkona Faso

Taguchi: Les diversesdimensions du systèmealimentaire

Tawk: Urban Agriculture: A Sustainable Solution to Alleviating Urban Poverty, Addressing the Food Crisis, and Adapting to Climate Change

Temp: The ‘Cities without Hunger/Community Gardens Project’

Verzone: FUI - Food Urbanism Initiative Lausanne

Wattenbach: A combined remote sensing and modelling based approach to identify sustainable pathways for urban and peri-urban agriculture in China


Here you find some weblinks about the colloquium:

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Project financed by

  • Logo: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Logo: Research Programme Future Megacities