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Creating food centric urban opportunities—Social equity for food security

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Ideas presented in the context of how food security can be addressed through urban planning and design to improve the quality of life in India's smarter cities

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Creating food centric urban opportunities—Social equity for food security

  1. 1. Creating Food Centric Urban Opportunities SOCIAL EQUITY FOR FOOD SECURITY Prepared by Yogita Mehra and Karan Manral
  2. 2. The Social Inequity of the Cities
  3. 3. Key Factors that affect Social Equity
  4. 4. Poverty in cities, is often worse than poverty in the villages. WHY? | | Because monetisable skills of poor in the city are low, and costs of survival extremely high
  5. 5. Where do the skills and work experience of India’s poor lie? | | In the growing of food – which also addresses one of their own basic needs
  6. 6. THE IDEA: Isn’t really Original KEY PROBLEM: Spend is double in Urban areas PROPOSED SOLUTION
  7. 7. Why LOCALISING food is efficient, inclusive AND sustainable
  8. 8. Access to plots for growing Access to water for farming Farmers collective Convert market waste for compost Access to markets and consumers Value adding to create products Local, efficient and simple? Managing the urban food opportunity Micro credit for inputs How it could work…more specifically
  9. 9. Their USP? Fresh = Quality
  10. 10. What benefits can urban farming bring? FOOD SECURITY FOOD FRESHNESS (QUALITY) URBAN POVERTY ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION INDIA’S URBANISATION STRATEGY CREATES TRANSITION JOBS REDUCE FOOD SUBSIDIES SKILLS UTILISATION FUEL SUBSIDY IMPACT
  11. 11. 1. Work environment vs Safe and healthy Hazardous
  12. 12. 2. Living and working conditions vs Self-employed/Tiny business Poor employment conditions
  13. 13. 3. Unemployment issues… vs Basic needs are often accessible Compounds poverty and creates crime
  14. 14. 4. Health issues for the poor… vs Able to address subsistance needs Malnutrition and food poisoning
  15. 15. So…what that means is..? | Better food+ Better work environment+ Better living and working conditions+ Less unemployment+ Better health = GREATER SOCIAL EQUITY (Plus the BONUS of creating a quality food economy and better food quality for urban residents)
  16. 16. A 100-km radius is an important marker for food Peri-urban 100 km 30 km Decentralise as is possible
  17. 17. The Farmers The Traders Us  The Retailers The Supermarkets Restaurants Join hands with Kitchen Gardeners Form Food Consumer Groups Better Taste! Better Health! FOOD SECURITY = AFFORDABILITY + AVAILABILITY + QUALITY + SAFETY FARMER’S MARKETS PERI-URBAN DSA URBAN GROWING FARM COOPERATIVES Back to the Alternative Food Network (AFN)
  18. 18. That’s it folks. | Karan Manral – karan@greenessentials.in Yogita Mehra – yogita@yogifarms.com

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