THE BETTER WE SHARE, THE MORE WE GROW
In a world experiencing continuous and unexpected changes, urban and peri-urban (UPU) food systems are replete with inequities and inequalities that make them fragile and vulnerable to shocks. An urgent transition towards more just and sustainable food systems is required.
Many FSIs already contribute towards this transition yet their activities are often hampered by complex, fragmented food governance, uncertain finance, and insecure tenure.
Through the Food Sharing Compass CULTIVATE addresses the problem, helping cities navigate towards resilient and sustainable food sharing. The project identifies drivers and implementation gaps, and challenges existing theories and practices which currently constrain food sharing.
Distinctive implementation steps structure the project, each being indispensable to deliver on the objectives. The project engages the Cultivators (FSIs, policy makers, food supply actors, researchers, and citizens) throughout all the phases.
COLLATION: IDENTIFICATION OF THE “CULTIVATORS” AND THE COMPASS TOOLS
ACTIVATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE MIX TO IMPLEMENT THE KEY TOOLS IN THE SELECTED HUB LOCATIONS
REPLICATION: THE PROJECT SCALES UP THE KEY TOOLS IN SIX SPOKE LOCATIONS
INTEGRATION KEY TOOLS ARE REFINED AND VALIDATED FOR INTEGRATION INTO THE FOOD SHARING COMPASS
BEYOND: THROUGH THE AMPLIFICATION PROGRAMME, THE PROJECT WILL USE COMPASS DATA TO REINFORCE AND EXPAND FOOD SHARING ACTIVITIES IN UPU AREAS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE CONSORTIUM
HOW WE ACHIEVE GREATER FOOD SHARING AWARENESS AND INNOVATION
CULTIVATE will achieve several objectives through inter and trans-disciplinary research by using a multi-actor approach and a phased co-design methodology. One of the first purposes of the project is to increase knowledge and awareness of the concept of urban food-sharing and of its impact on the society, the planet, and the economy. Second, selected urban and peri-urban communities will develop and strengthen their food-sharing economies as a step towards more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient local food system and supply chains. Finally, the studies and tools provided by CULTIVATE will support the prevention and reduction of food waste.
THE COMPASS KEY TOOLS
The SHARECITY200 Database augments the existing SHARECITY100 catalogue to expand its mapping, tracking and monitoring capabilities.
TARGET GROUP: Policy makers, FSIs, food supply actors, researchers, citizens
The Food Sharing Calculator includes an SIA (sustainability impacts assessment) tool for understanding the impacts that FSIs create as well as a tool for identifying the kind of investments required to initiate and maintain a sustainable and resilient FSI landscape.
TARGET GROUP: Policy makers, FSIs, food supply actors, researchers
The Menu of Good Governance provides a decision support tool for policy makers and shapers who develop and implement policies affecting food sharing and FSIs who must navigate policy environments.
TARGET GROUP: Policy makers, FSIs
The Library of Citizen Engagement comprises an open access collection of engagement mechanisms suitable for adoption or adaptation in the realm of UPU food sharing.
TARGET GROUP: Policy makers, food supply actors, citizens
The Community of Practice Amplification Programme creates a framework for knowledge exchange and replication of UPU FSIs activities during and beyond the project.
TARGET GROUP: FSIs
The CULTIVATE consortium is multi-actor and includes FSIs and municipalities, urban networking organizations, social innovation experts, communications specialists, and academic researchers.
The ERC project SHARECITY has developed foundational research and innovation insights providing tools to define, map and understand the impacts and governance of food sharing. Through the Food Sharing Compass, CULTIVATE will substantially extend, adapt, collate, activate, replicate, and integrate these tools into diverse city environments. This will ensure sustainable food sharing contributes to wider urban food system strategies, increasing food systems’ resilience to shocks such as COVID-19, and optimizes positive contributions to people, places, and the planet.