“Who will feed our cities tomorrow?”

2018 theme: “Who will feed our cities tomorrow?”     

   At Libramont, we’re convinced that the future of agriculture requires a dialogue between farmers and consumers, with each taking into account the expectations and constraints of the other.

Instead of caricaturing these expectations, we propose that agriculture question itself about them and, especially, provide answers in terms of product quality, local production and the transparency of production methods, and demand fair remuneration in exchange.

What is more, communal gardens, greenhouses on building roofs, etc. can become marketing tools for farmers to raise the awareness of urban populations and put a real focus on their food and on its source.

Urban agriculture accounted for over 1/7th of all farm products consumed worldwide in 1990 and over 1/4th in 2005 (UNDP figures).

By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities and 75% by 2050.

All of the organisations which fight against hunger in the world (FAO, etc.) or for the improvement of the environmental balance sheet of our planet believe that urban agriculture is a phenomenon which will at least partially meet their goals.

If 98% of the Belgian population is urban, shouldn’t we consider that, given that they are looking to supply the local market, a large proportion of Belgian farms can be considered to be urban or peri-urban?

To learn more, go to Hall 3 during the 2018 Libramont Fair

Who will feed our cities tomorrow?

The Centre provincial d’enseignement agronomique de la Reid is working to answer this question by asking it to you in another way: “city crepe or country crepe?” Go to the stand in Hall 3.

La Reid is training tomorrow’s agronomists!

Two courses in permaculture have been added to the agronomy studies at HEPL.

Society is experiencing significant upheaval. The goal of permaculture is, in fact, to anticipate and find solutions to deal with it. The challenge of these new courses is to provide young people with an effective methodology and prepare them to act with resilience.

Test your knowledge with La Reid! Which food chains will you promote tomorrow?

The students and teachers decided to raise public awareness while having fun. They provide a fun way to discover the many alternatives available in agronomic production. In line with the theme of the Fair, the idea is to think about consumer choices from different angles.

Meet us at the stand in Hall 3 (by the terrace), every day of the fair.

Learn about the history of the crepe with La Reid! From the cow that provides the milk to the chicken’s egg.

A made-to-measure itinerary that explains where our food comes from and ends with a tasting! How were the cows that produced the milk fed? What cereals are best? Were the chickens free-range? Let’s see if today’s offerings will be the same as tomorrow’s!

Meet us at the stand in Hall 3 (by the terrace), every day of the fair.

Prof Haissam Jijakli, from the phytopathology unit of Agro-Bio Tech Gembloux Ulg, will provide a survey of the topic of urban farming on Friday, 27 July, at 10:30, in the auditorium, as part of the opening session.

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Did you know?

 The goal of the Good Food project in Brussels is to reach 30% local production of fruits and vegetables in Brussels by 2035.

In Wallonia, many initiatives are already aimed at putting farmers and urban consumers in contact with each other, notably:

  • The strategic Bio plan which is intended to reach 2,000 organic farms by 2020
  • The creation of 27 start-up centres
  • Support for farmers who create processing or marketing cooperatives
  • Diversiferm ASBL, which supports farmers in their short production cycle approach.

Wallonia has also provided its support to 10 new neighbourhood projects involving urban agriculture initiatives. The Anton site project in Andenne is particularly interesting because its goal is to encourage local farmers to develop projects on site and open up new prospects for contact with consumers/citizens.

Explore urban farming in Brussels and the Good Food strategy on Saturday, 28 July, from 11:00 to 14:00, on the presentation stage at the Hall 1 mezzanine.

A chef from Hortense&Humus in Brussels will prepare a surprising and delicious meal with urban farming products, which visitors can taste onsite. The public will literally get a chance to taste the joys of Brussels’ urban farming.

 

Four farmers from Brussels will be present

They will share their passion for urban farming and introduce the public to their products.

Come and meet La Ferme Nos Pilifs, in cooperation with Little Food, BIGH Anderlecht, Les Champignons de Bruxelles and Urban Harvest.

The producers selected represent an excellent cross-section of urban farming activities including market gardening in earth, in cellars and on roofs using different techniques like hydroponics, insects, vertical agriculture, etc.

In addition to the culinary demonstrations, the team will provide more information about Brussels’ urban farming policy, calls for urban farming projects, the distribution of fruits and vegetables in schools, the new urban farming facilitator and more, against a continuous backdrop of videos which illustrate the Good Food strategy.

https://www.goodfood.brussels/

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