Panel Discussion on sustainable and just transformations of city-region food systems
The case of Velika Gorica
How would a degrowth agri-food system envision the connection of rural-urban spheres under the urgent calls for sustainable and just urban transformations? Short food supply chains and the city-region food system approach can be a way forward. The approach establishes local food networks between a city and its surrounding peri-urban and rural regions, prioritising shorter food supply chains and collaborative food governance among urban policymakers, citizens and other food actors. It also lets city-regions to adapt to their local realities. And the Living Labs approach transforms the city-regions into food commons hubs where public officials act as enablers and not just representatives while fostering the creation of synergies among food practitioners and citizens.
In this Panel Discussion we will explore the characteristics and transformational potential of a small-sized city-region in the semi-peripheries. More precisely the Living Lab of Velika Gorica – a peri-urban town situated next to Croatia’s capital – will be taken as example. The city-region tries to create small arenas of action through a co-creational process with citizens and local initiatives (e.g., grassroot organisations and social enterprises).
During the discussion we will explore how city-regions envision new forms of food inclusion and solidarity, and what can different institutional networks (with focus on small-sized cities) do to transform current food policies into more sustainable and just. Can city policymakers foster new synergies that meet citizens’ needs in a collaborative and collective way?