Urban agricultural park with farmers and fishery market
The park selected for the project is located in a district of the City of Napoli suffering from excessive population density and infrastructure of the built environment. It covers an area of 12 ha and includes both open spaces, mainly grown with Mediterranean plant species, some greenhouses and an artificial pond collecting rainwaters.
The available greenhouses need to be modernized and made functional and suitable for cultivation. In both the greenhouses and open spaces a number of local horticultural products will be grown with the aim of defining sustainable cultivation protocols and involving local organizations and citizens by also increasing their awareness of food production and security. In addition to locally produced vegetables, the pilot will host a market for home-grown fruits, veggies and flowers from neighborhood farms, as well as fresh fish from local fisheries. The implementation will include preliminary microeconomic piloting addressing the definition of crop production systems, optimization of production protocols, diversification of marketable production into horticultural products, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and organization of consumer markets. Once developed, the food system model will be integrated with national/regional strategies and programs for urban agricultural development, sustainable use of natural resources and improved food security and adopted in several other areas within Napoli and/or in other regions.
Among the long term goals: create job opportunities for socially disadvantaged citizens in farming activities and market management; a local food production that can partly satisfy the demand of local citizens; active involvement of local stakeholders in farming/farmers market and education of youth living in the surrounding area.
In collaboration with FoodE partners:
Comune di Napoli (IT), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (IT), University of Bologna (IT), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (ES), Stichting Metabolic Institute (NL), Ajuntament de Sabadell (ES).