The members and speakers at the 2nd Urban Agriculture Summit in Linköping 2013, representing a global audience from nine countries and three continents hereby agree to collectively address Urban & Peri-Urban food safety & security reforms.
Food is a basic human need and a fundamental human right. In order to combat starvation we need to enhance the yearly food production substantially. At the same time, a large amount of arable farmland is already used up, and a large portion is severely depleted.
The world’s food sector uses around one-third of total global energy use. Most of that energy usage happens after food leaves farms, and close to half of energy used in the food chain is lost due to food losses and waste. In addition to this, globally one third of all food is also thrown away each year, and the entire food supply chains contribute approximately one-fifth of total annual greenhouse gas-emissions.
We need to take action to secure a sustainable food production system for our generations to come.
Obviously, our actions must be:
- Educative and Transformative – In order to deliver food solutions to over nine billion people in a rapidly developing society.
- High priority – To institute inclusion in all relevant policy documents and strategies, pertaining to food safety and urban agriculture.
- Resilient – Both capable to deliver initial result and ensure long-term delivery/sustainability.
- Food is a basic human necessity and also a fundamental human right.
- The traditional business model of economic development must begin to encompass moral values towards the society as well.
- We believe that our efforts need global attention to counter the rapid crisis of access to basic food. Urban Agriculture is one of the important solutions in this endeavor.
Global Urban Agriculture solutions
Educative & Transformative solutions
- Urge the UN to set up a system for transformative innovative solutions, and that urban agriculture will be one amongst the selected innovative solutions.
- The first book on ’Urban agriculture & food production in cities’ with basic literature for common understanding of processes and benchmarks in this field of urban agriculture to be released at the 2014 summit under the auspices of the UN Charter.
- Establish a body of university heads / chancellors from global regions to create a network of education and research engagement group, with specific agenda focusing on urban agriculture and allied research.
- Launch the ‘INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE’ on bi-annual basis to increase professional networking on the subject.
- Launch / initiate urban agriculture as a social community innovation involving an integrated approach to urban and peri-urban farming, on a global platform.
- Utilize the power of the triple helix – academics, private corporations coupled with public enterprises and government bodies to network collectively to educate and implement the innovative solutions in the urban agriculture arena.
- Initiate the process of involving the community to become part owners of urban agriculture projects increasing local involvement and thereby creating a new level of corporate empowered enterprise.
- Urban agriculture must be on the UN regular agenda, discussing food security and access to food as a basic fundamental human right.
- Urban agriculture must also be on the FAO regular agenda
- A global centre of excellence for urban agriculture to be established, and a chairman with a board of professionals to administer the functions of collective knowledge, with the aim to serve the UN group on urban agriculture.
- Urban agriculture must be on the World Economic Forum regular agenda.
- Urban agriculture must be positively backed by the multinational banks (World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, European Investment Bank etc.) regular agenda.
- Create a quarterly session to address the city mayors, governors & head of states in the area of urban agriculture on a city or regional level to generate tactical solutions using this global network of intelligence.
- Promote local food production to minimize logistics and add some aid / incentives within the state / city tax structure to promote urban agriculture.
- Creation of international guidelines for urban agriculture, including clear frameworks for energy, fertilizers, water, land-use, technology, processes, audit etc.
- Best-fit structures for inclusive energy efficiency within the cities, e.g. water, energy, logistics related to urban agricultural solutions.
- Governments should have incentive systems for promotion of urban agriculture in many mainstream policies.
- The SymbioCity Research Centre Sweden in Linköping shall act as the pivotal arm of the global centre of excellence in urban agriculture, aimed at promoting a platform for efficient and effective development in urban agriculture. The main responsibility lies on Plantagon Companization. The research network presented at this very summit will open the study of food consumption patterns and create better public awareness for a healthy lifestyle. A systematic approach to integrating the knowledge will then drive the urban agriculture model for effective global demonstration.
This document was signed by:
1. Leif Sieurin
2. Lars Bergenrup
3. Göran Pettersson
4. Pim Bendt
5. Jill Bederoff
6. Jan Staël von Holstein
7. Alexander Bernhard
8. Inger Strömdahl
9. Karl-Heinz Mertins
10. Piero Pelizzaro
11. Mats Segerström
12. Madeleine Caesar
13. Arvid Kongstad
14. Adam Sjödin
15. Owe Pettersson
16. Patrick Rota
17. Stephen Edlund
18. Ben White
19. Anna Bellman
20. Daniel Podmirseg
21. Lucas Kulnig
22. Mikael Kullman
23. Phillip Lee
24. Anders Modig
25. Magnus Hjelmare
26. Shrikant R.
27. Carin Balfe Arbman
28. Camilla Weichert
29. Dickson Despommier
30. Klas Kotsambouidig
31. Jan de Wilt
32. Jonas P. Svensson
33. Ines Ezanrra
34. T Drunah
35. Sofia Sköld
36. Ali Ranji
37. Wister T
38. Tobias Gourlay
39. Walter Howes
40. Ulf Ranhagen
41. Susanna Hultin
42. Jonas Jernberg
43. Ted K
44. Markus Hansen
45. Farzad Mohseni
46. Anders Szczepanski
47. Ingo Klein
48. G.M. Berg
49. Federico Pinna
50. Simo der Loon
51. Sergio Arús
52. John Dahl
53. Fen Wang
54. Magnus Lagerberg
55. Kate Schmidt
56. Hans Achterbosch
57. Bard Hans Sylling
58. Shigeo Murai
59. Stefan Jakobsson
60. Hans Hassle
Hans Hassle – CEO of Plantagon International AB
Founder of the Urban Agriculture Summit
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