Regional food systems in the Netherlands: the case of Rotterdam

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1 Regional food systems in the Netherlands: the case of Rotterdam Nachhaltige Lebensmittelproduktion und versorgung in Städten Zurich Dr. Jan Willem van der Schans 4

2 Introduction Researcher LEI-WUR Supply chain research Researcher RSO-WUR Regional food systems Co-founder Eetbaar Rotterdam Member Thinktank UA Rdam Member Food Council Rdam Coordinator Food Adam Metropolitan Solutions

3 Overview Introduction Context NL Context Rdam Redefining the value chain Circular economy Physical planning Conclusions

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5 Export orientation Dutch agriculture Do you have some spinach for me? Sorry, I produce for New Zealand only There is a supermarket close by Volgens de FAO kunnen kleinschalige stadstuinen 700 miljoen mensen voeden

6 Beleving Volgens de FAO kunnen kleinschalige stadstuinen 700 miljoen mensen voeden

7 Beleving Volgens de FAO kunnen kleinschalige stadstuinen 700 miljoen mensen voeden

8 Leefbaarheid Needs Actual use and evaluation Maar er lopen koeien in deze gebieden in Nederland Volgens de FAO kunnen kleinschalige stadstuinen 700 miljoen mensen voeden

9 Stadslandbouw in Rotterdam: productieslag tijdens WOII The only green that I can think of for a city like Rotterdam is a can of green paint to colour the concrete. 9

10 Expertisegroep EETBAAR ROTTERDAM Urban agriculture blog UA Diners Visit and presentations Will Allen / Paula Sobie Demonstrations at festivals Education and research projects Presentations (including for municipality) Develop proposals for sites (e.g. Marconistrip) Manifesto (to be used in election programs) Press What did we do? Awareness creation and agenda setting

11 UA policy process City of Rotterdam Green year 2008: quality and diversity of green space is problematic. UA is a possible solution Network meetings stakeholders regional and urban Experts consultation Think tank (civil servant internal) Production of policy document Realisation edible rooftop garden city centre

12 Rotterdam policy goals in relation to UA Economic growth Real estate value Variety in fresh food Economic More diverse shopping, restaurants, open air markets Maintain farming production Maintain processing Decentral logistics Mismatch labour market More jobs in food and green sectors CO2-reduction and reduction food miles Preserve landscape Public health Healthy food Keep higher educated people in city Social cohesion through community gardens Stressreduction green neighbouwhoods Health in socially deprived districts Reduce budget costs for landscape maintenance Improve city climate by introducing more (edible) green Carbage collection and biomass Multi cultural food Reduce obesitas Educate youth about green and food Biodiversity Climate adapation Empowerment Social Ecological Recycling

13 >250 initiatives Volgens de FAO kunnen kleinschalige stadstuinen 700 miljoen mensen voeden

14 Rotterdam priorities Public health Quality green environment Economic viability Food (Policy) Council Action rather than policy Mixed membership (both regime and niche)

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16 Rotterdam harvest market / festival

17 Pop up restaurant with community kitchen gardens

18 Community kitchen gardens Schiebroek Zuid

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20 Abandoned rail yard redevelopment

21 Impression Marconistrip (Uit je eigen stad)

22 Realisation Marconistrip (Uit je eigen stad)

23 Marqt new retail concept based on real food

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26 City and countryside in a closed loop

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28 Agro-industrial closing of loops Xplorelab, 2009

29 Agro-industrial closing of loops Xplorelab, 2009

30 Separation and clustering

31 Business/nature->urban agriculture

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33 Conclusions Rotterdam builds a food policy gradually, step by step, acting and thinking at the same time. Learn from other cities, but develop your own story, each city is unique Integration with other policy domains is essential in long run Co-operate with civil society, small start ups, and big established food companies Governance rather than government Interconnect the three dimensions: SFSC, CE, MFL From individual initiatives to resilient network

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