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  1. 1. International Short Course - Italy - South AfricaUrban Resilience, Food Security and EcologicalHealth Promotion
  2. 2. Introduction - Urban Environments, Ecological Health and FoodSecurityThe environments in which we live are key determinants of health and prosperity.Food security and nutrition are fundamental to improving public health and areoften constrained by urban and social Environments reflecting social and historicalinequities. These social determinants of health are largely responsible for healthinequities and difference in health status experienced across nations and socio-economic classes. Urban form and the built environment also impact on health inmultiple ways, including access to economic opportunities, environmental qualityand physical activity patterns. Urban design and development interventionsinformed by the fields of food security and ecological health promotion representa powerful way to enhance public health and stimulate more equitable economicparticipation.Presentation of the CourseCESTAS, with the support of the University of Bologna (DISTA - Department ofAgroenvironmental Sciences and Technologies and the Agriculture Faculty) and theUniversity of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and in cooperation withSiyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and Food Security, is proud to introducethe International Short Course in South Africa “Urban Resilience, Food Security andEcological Health Promotion”.The international short course is an intensive 3 weeks-program, one week (12-15September 2011) in Italy (Bologna) and 2 weeks (9-23 October 2011) in South Africa(Johannesburg), for a total of 93 hours lectures and practical training.Objective of the course is to provide participants with theoretical and practicalcompetences with regard to the promotion of human health in a dimension ofenvironmental sustainability, food and nutritional security, sustainable urban designand urban agriculture. Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will gainan insight into the following core concepts: - Health Promotion – Socio-Ecological Strategies for Healthy communities - Food security and nutrition - Health and Urban Form - Sustainable urban design - Permaculture and Agro-Ecology - Climate Change and Urban ResilienceParticipants will be able to conduct a situational analysis of an interventionprogram, identify opportunities aimed at strengthening interventions, integrateparticipatory community mobilization processes, design and recommendintervention strategies to realize the opportunities identified.Students will get in contact with the complexity and challenges related to theseissues, with a focus on the South African urban and peri-urban contexts.
  3. 3. Essential information THEMES sustainable development, urban agriculture, food security, health promotion, urban resilience DURATION 3 weeks (12-15 September / 9-23 October 2011) ENROLLMENT Registration form and payment by 29/07/2011 - Min. 12 participants COST 1,500 € SEATS Bologna – Johannesburg LANGUAGE English TEACHING OFFICE CESTAS (Bologna) Target group Requirements The course is open to: - Good knowledge of - graduate; post-graduate students, PhD holders English (written and - undergraduate with experience and motivated spoken) interest in the relevant field: territorial planning - Good social and team- and sustainable development, health and work skills nutrition, urban agriculture - Coping skills - Strong motivationCertificationAfter successfully completing the course, to all participants will be issued acertificate of competence.Participation feeThe fee amounts to 1,500 € and includes: - Course in Italy (18 hours of taught classes) - Course in South Africa (75 hours of classes and study visits) - Lodging in Johannesburg in double/triple rooms, breakfast included. - Insurance (Resident no problem + RCT + injury-death-tropical sickness) - Internal transportation by minibus to field trip sides - Meals during the teaching sessions in South Africa (lunch + coffee break) - Logistic assistance during the whole period of the course - Teaching materialsThe fee does not include the flights, other meals and the eventual lodging inBologna. An estimation of the extra costs amounts to about 1.230 €: - Flight Bologna-Johannesburg (roundtrip) 900€ - Dinner (for 15 days) and weekend meals 250 € - Daily transportation between accommodation and lecture venue 80€Participants may, upon request, choose to let CESTAS book of the flight on theirbehalf, by paying the necessary amount directly to CESTAS.
  4. 4. Outline of the courseThe International short course has an overall duration of 3 weeks, for a total of teaching 93 hours:the program is based on an interactive teaching method, which will integrate taught classes withdiscussions, simulations, laboratories, focus groups, case studies, group works, study trips andfield visits. The program is organized as follows:Term in Italy (Bologna, 12 - 15 September 2011)The first stage of the program consists in a four-days long period of taught classes, for a total duration of 18 hours,which will take place at CESTAS office in Bologna. The following concepts and activities will be dealt with:Day 1 – Introductory lecture to Urban Agriculture and Horticulture (4 hours, Prof. G. Gianquinto): Urbanization andpoverty. The role of Urban and Periurban Agriculture (UPA) in mitigating urban poverty. Main features of UPA.Strengthen and weakness of UPA. The role of Urban Horticulture (UH) for food security and health promotion.Day 2 – Sustainable production systems for Urban Horticulture (4 hours, Prof. G. Gianquinto): The multifunctional roleof UH. Factors Influencing UH development and establishment: market, access to natural resources and labour,environmental pollution, climatic conditions. Traditional and innovative farming systems for UH.Day 3 – Case studies (4 hours, Prof. G. Gianquinto and Dr. F. Orsini): Water saving cropping systems and SimplifiedHydroponics. Case studies from urban horticulture projects from north and south of the world. Participatory approachand project planning.Day 4 – Field visits (6 hours, Prof. G. Gianquinto and Dr. F. Orsini): School gardens, Urban community gardens, roofgardens.Term in South Africa (Johannesburg, 10 - 23 October 2011)Day 1 - Introductory lecture: Historical and social context in South Africa / Inequity, poverty and health / Urban spatialmanifestations of inequity /Livelihoods, coping strategies and the informal economy / Health promotionDay 2 - Introductory lecture: Food security (conceptual and excursion to Wits campus) / Food access barriers /Nutrition and health / Water infrastructure and health / Environments and health / Social group eventDay 3 - Introductory lecture: Urban agriculture / Permaculture and ecological design / Health promotion and foodsecurity in urban design: Mamelodi case study / Participatory development methodologies / Briefing fieldworkDay 4 – Urban Social & Spatial Context Fieldwork : Joburg fresh produce market / Informal traders – Yeoville market /Siyakhana Permaculture GardenDay 5 – Urban Social & Spatial Context Fieldwork: Tour of Alexandra township, Memelodi, and BryanstonDay 6 – Fieldwork Debrief and feedback : Reflections on urban context fieldwork / Debate on topics covered andrelationship to fieldwork / Written feedback / Questions to facilitators /Brainstorming research interests / Researchmethodology review interviews, participatory observation, focus groups / Introducing host organisations and settings/ Develop interview guidelinesDay 7 – Community Development Fieldwork: Meeting with host organizations / Observation / Key informantinterviews / Projects: participatory observation / Focus groups interviewsDay 8 – Community Development Fieldwork: Meeting host organizations / Observation / Key informant interviews /Projects: participatory observation / Focus groups interviewsDay 9 – Group Work: Detailed briefing on assignments / Group work do prepare presentations and reportsDay 10 – Final Presentation and Wrap-up: Presentation of reports and conclusion / Discussion / Presentation ofcertificates / Celebration: Shisa-nyama-shared meal and shebeen dance
  5. 5. Work experience offeredCestas will provide for a paid working experience for up to two selected students.These students will be working for 3 months in a project of internationalcooperation managed by Cestas in Africa or South America. The remuneration willbe € 1000 net – flight and insurance will be included while for the accommodationthe students will provide by themselves. Contract typology will be run by the taxregulations of the destination country.How to enrollThere is a minimum number of 12 participants required for the course. In case theminimum number of participants will not be reached, the course will not take placeand the fees will be refunded.For registering, it is necessary to send no later than July 29, 2011: - Registration form, with original signature (Attached 1) - Receipt of the payment of the participation fee - Curriculum vitae with the authorization of personal data treatment according to the Italian Legislative Decree 196/03 - Short cover letterIncomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.Please send your application either: by e-mail to margherita.dallacasa@cestas.org (Subject: International short course South Africa) by fax at the number (+39) 051 4211317 (International short course South Africa) by post of personal delivery at CESTAS, via Ranzani 13/5/F, 40127 Bologna (please write on the envelope “International short course South Africa” – Dipartimento Formazione – Att. Margherita Dalla Casa).IMPORTANT: for travelling to South Africa the expiry date of your passport must belonger than 6 months starting from the day of departure. For a stay longer than 90days, you will need a visa, released directly at the arrival in Johannesburg. Forfurther information please visit the consular office of South Africa in your country.TEACHING OFFICEDalla Casa MargheritaDipartimento Formazione CESTASvia Ranzani 13/5/F - 40127 Bolognawww.cestas.org - www.cestasformazione.org@ margherita.dallacasa@cestas.orgTel. +39 051 255053 / Fax +39 051 4211317For eventual changes to the deadlines, rules of enrollment etc. please checkregularly the updates on http://www.cestasformazione.org/site/corsi-professionalizzanti/urban-resilience-food-security-and-ecological-health-promotion/
  6. 6. Lecturer Profiles – ItalyGiorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto (Horticulture)Giorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto is Full Professor of Horticulture at the University ofBologna and formerly Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University ofPadua. He is currently conducting researches on irrigation and water management,as well as on plant nutrition and fertilization, both in temperate and tropicalenvironments. Past projects in which he was involved include the EUs concertedaction EUROPP – Efficiency in Use of Resources: Optimization in Potato Production(1997-2000) and the CRAFT Project GHIS-GreenHouse Integrated System (2001-2002). Prof Prosdocimi Gianquinto coordinated numerous research projects in thefield of impact-reduction and management optimization of horticultural productionand further collaborated with FAO, academic institutions and NGOs for severalstudies on food security in Côte dIvoire, Brazil, Peru, Kosovo and Kenya. Heinstituted in 2003 the “Code-Crop: Lab of cooperation for development - CroppingSystem and Post-Harvest” at the University of Padua and in 2007 the “Centre ofCooperation for Development for the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences” atthe University of Bologna.Francesco Orsini, PhD (Horticulture)Francesco Orsini is a consultant and researcher in horticulture at the University ofBologna. He holds a Bsc and a MSc in Agricultural Sciences (Padua), a MSc ininternational cooperation (Padua) and a PhD in Agricultural and Food Sciences(Federico II, Naples). He has worked as consultant in several projects involvingmicrogardening technologies (Brazil), GMOs perception among consumers (Turkey)as well as in feasibility studies on horticultural projects (Peru, Myanmar andKosovo) and re-afforestation in the Caspian seaside (Kazakhstan).Lecturer Profiles – South AfricaProf Michael Rudolph, D.D.S., MPHProfessor Michael Rudolph was appointed on the staff at Wits in 1978 and asProfessor and Head of the Division of Public Oral Health in 1991. Qualifications:BDS(Wits) 1970, MPH (Harvard) 1977, Msc (Wits) 1981 and Specialist in CommunityDentistry (Wits) 1984. Prof Rudolph initiated and established the division of PublicOral Health which is considered one of the leading departments of its kind in AfricaAnd globally. He conceived and developed the Mobile Dental System, which hasdemonstrated its viability in providing primary oral health care to tens of thousandsof children and adults in indigent areas in SA for more than 25 years. To address thepoor health conditions he observed through the Mobile Dental System, ProfRudolph started the Health Promotion Unit at Wits for teaching, training, andresearch. In 2005 Prof Rudolph started the Siyakhana Permaculture Food Gardenand serves as the Director of the Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health and FoodSecurity. In 2008 he was the primary investigator for the Johannesburg foodinsecurity research conducted as part of the African Food Security Urban Network.
  7. 7. Florian Kroll, M.A. (Anthropology); PDCFlorian Kroll is Programme Head at the Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Health andFood Security. He holds expertise in the areas of food security, ecological design,permaculture, nutrition, ethnobotany, and ecological health promotion. His workincludes research regarding the Africa, and networking and advocacy with NGOsand representatives of local and regional government. He has collaborated onproductive urban landscape design and implementation in several social housingand urban design projects.Moira Beery, M.A. (Urban and Regional Planning)Moira Beery is Programme Manager at the Siyakhana Initiative for Ecological Healthand Food Security. Her areas of focus are providing evidence of food and nutritionsecurity related issues, exploring the linkages between food systems and the builtenvironment, and undertaking cross sectoral interventions to address foodinsecurity. Prior to joining the Siyakhana Initiative she worked in Los Angeles,California on programmes to increase food security by addressing barriers toaccessing healthy food in urban and peri-urban areas, and designing andimplementing logistical, programmatic, and policy strategies for universal access tohealthy foods.Anri Landman, Mphil (Sustainable Development Management & Planning)Anri Landman is a consultant and researcher at the Siyakhana Initiative forEcological Health and Food Security, currently conducting a food security study inWits and supporting a review of food security policies in Gauteng. He completedher studies at the Sustainability Institute of Stellenbosch University. Her fields ofknowledge and experience include food security, food markets and undertakingsustainable community development around resilient food systems. Prior to joiningthe Siyakhana Initiative, she worked as a researcher investigating food systems invarious countries in Southern Africa and India, and facilitated corporateresponsibility investments to support food system development in Mozambique.
  8. 8. Community Fieldwork Host OrganizationsEkukhanyeni Relief Organisation http://www.ekukhanyeni.org/Ekukhanyeni- Home of Light and Hope-is a non-governmental, not‐fo‐profitorganization that focuses on community upliftment in two poverty strickeninformal settlements close to Johannesburg. In partnership with the localcommunities, this project supports some 600 vulnerable children by creating self-‐sustaining communities through its green and holistic design approach tocommunity development. Through its numerous sustainable technologies andlifestyles education, Ekukhanyeni is helping the adults in these impoverished zonesto achieve (and sustain) food and nutrition security alongside providing effectiveearly childhood care in ways which do not negatively affect natural resources andbenefits human attitudinal and cultural systems in a positive manner.Siyakhana Permaculture Food Garden http://www.siyakhana.org/The 2-hectare Siyakhan Permaculture Food Garden has been operational since2005, making it one of Johannesburgs best and longest running food gardenexamples. Siyakhana is considered a hall mark of agro-ecology in the widerJohannesburg area and is one of the most prominent sites for an integratedapproach for urban food production. The food garden uses the principles ofpermaculture gardening and produces food and herbs to address the needs ofhundreds of disadvantage dinner-city beneficiaries. What was once a patch of uglyinner city ground has been vividly transformed with permaculture gardeningtechniques and a great deal of effort. Siyakhana showcases ecological gardeningpractices using the Permaculture model and offers courses to the public in urbanpermaculture food gardening. Siyakhana aims to develop a sustainable andproductive environment for the improvement of the health, social and economicstatus of South African vulnerable communities. Ultimately, we intend to establisha healthy inner city environmental and recreational site based on designs andmethods that may be replicated in other inner city communities.Ekurhuleni Co-operative Farmers ProgrammeThe Ekurhuleni local government has developed a food security programmesupporting the development of farmer co-operatives focusing on piggery, poultryand vegetable cultivation. The programme will include comprehensive training onenterprise management as well as farm management over a period of 3--‐5 years.The ultimate goal of these programmes will be to establish viable urban agricultureinitiatives that can supply the Springs fresh produce market and generate asustainable income for its beneficiaries.