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Agroecological Urbanism Webinar 3: Solidarity and care

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Agroecological Urbanism Webinar 3: Solidarity, care and the challenge of building an agroecological urbanism

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Agroecological Urbanism Webinar 3: Solidarity, care and the challenge of building an agroecological urbanism: the role of political pedagogies and community kitchens in bringing forward value shifts

Agroecology is rooted in a value system that includes principles of social justice, cultural sensitivity, ecological stewardship, more-than-human solidarity and care, that are territorially specific and built with communities in their particular geographies . Most research, knowledge and practice on building agroecological territorial food systems is based on rural areas. But how to bring forward agroecological value systems in an urban context saturated with strangers, and dominated by neoliberal capitalism,and contribute to building an agroecological urbanism based on care and solidarity? What kind of support and strategies could enable such a value shift and enable transformative practices to thrive in an urban context?

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Join us for a series of webinars in which we will explore the contours of a transformative agenda for urban agroecology. In the course of these webinars we will explore concrete ways in which cities need to change if they were to become supportive environments for an agroecology based urban food systems transition. The webinars seek to bring sustainable food planning and political agroecology into conversation.

The webinars are part of the Urbanising in Place project which looks at agroecological food growers as stewards of the food water energy nexus. Urbanising In Place seeks to break with logics of urbanisation that destroy soils and soil life, marginalise farmers, and make urban dwellers dependent on linear and highly commodified food supply chains. Working with communities of practice in London, Brussels, Riga and Rosario, the project defined a programmatic agenda for an agroecological urbanism in the form of 8 building blocks which identify points of articulation between the separate worlds of agroecology and urbanism.

Webinars will start from synthetic presentations of some of the strategies explored within the project. These will be followed by a debate with invited guests pioneering work of inspiration for building an agroecological urbanism.

English spoken, simultaneous Spanish translation available.

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Urbanising in place’ seeks to define components of an “agroecological urbanism”: a model of urbanisation which places food, metabolic cycles and an ethics of land stewardship, equality and solidarity at its core. Working with communities of practice in Rosario, Riga, Brussels and London, the project will identify ways of structuring urbanization that value proximity, account for the reproduction of nutrients and soils, mobilize technologies and decommodifi ed value chains in order to keep the control over resources localised.

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