Lead: Heidrun Moschitz (FiBL), Ruth Moser (Agridea; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members: Gaëlle Bigler (FRACP), Jérémie Forney (Universität Neuchâtel), Ingrid Jahrl (FiBL), Christoph Küffer (HSR), Moritz Maurer (Universität Basel), Joëlle Salomon Cavin (Universität Lausanne), Sophie Rochefort (hepia), Bettina Scharrer (CDE, Universität Bern), Hans Wydler (ZHAW)
By urban agriculture, the working group Urban Agriculture understands all types of food production or agricultural production within urban regions that are oriented towards the supply of cities. Urban agriculture integrates all functions of agriculture, i.e. food supply, landscape, recreation and ecology. This deliberately broad definition is necessary to understand the scope, complexity and hybrid nature of urban agriculture. The focus on urban agriculture allows a change of perspective on the relationships between agriculture, city and food as well as on urban-rural relationships.
The objectives of the working group are to promote scientific knowledge and public recognition of urban agriculture in Switzerland and to facilitate research related to urban agriculture. It brings together people who are committed to the development and conceptual background of urban agriculture and who wish to strengthen cooperation between research, teaching and practice.
In 2018, the working group Urban Agriculture continued its broad discussion on the transformation of the food system, including the organisation of an expert workshop entitled "City and Agriculture - Renewing the Dialogue". This workshop was conceived and carried out as part of a cooperation project financed by the SAGW in cooperation with the Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Sociology (SGA) and the Swiss Society for Rural History (SGLG). The invited experts from administration, practice, science, associations and civil society associations drew up the basis for an interpretation of a new relationship between the city and agriculture. Four areas of action were defined: Knowledge and knowledge exchange; social and economic relations; municipal and agricultural institutions and actors; agricultural and spatial planning policy.
The results of the workshop are now available in the form of the "Diskussionspapier: Stadt und Landwirtschaft im Dialog" (in German and French).