The Feeding City is a multi-annual research program in which we are collaborating with different partners among which the City of Almere, the province of Flevoland and Aeres Group. The program is embedded in the Flevo Campus in Almere – which will function as a ‘living lab’ – and houses research, education and enterprises relating to the theme ‘food and the city’. Food is an emerging global theme. The fact that food in the city touches upon all aspects of society makes it a challenging and dynamic theme. It is intertwined with various urban issues and can potentially contribute to citizens’ health, stimulate social cohesion, strive to produce less waste, close cycles of raw materials, make transport flows more efficient, or seek to boost employment.
The program deals with topics like the relationship between food, nature and health in the city. Furthermore, it relates to questions about food production in the city and its relation to the circular economy, new forms production, logistic systems and the ‘do it yourself’ urban planning. The aim of the program is to innovate the food system of the city in close collaboration with commerce, organizations and citizens in the city and its region. “The Feeding City” program presents ideas on how food can contribute to the well-being and welfare of urban residents. But it also shows how we can transform our current linear food system into a circular system that eliminates waste. It is a showcase of ideas, concepts, policy and prototypes that generates awareness of the opportunities and presents how other cities in the world – existing and new – are able to develop further.
The original research proposal contains ideas and suggestions that have been transformed into actual projects. Still there is still room for additional ideas.
5 years – start January 2017
Flevo Campus, City of Almere, Province of Flevoland & Aeres Group
Henk Wolfert – AMS Institute
Jan Eelco Jansma – Wageningen University and Research
Flevo Campus in the media
Learn more about the project in a radio interview with programme developer Henk Wolfert (in Dutch).
Almere is located in the metropole region Amsterdam and is are very well suited to carry out research on the food system in a living lab setting. Not just because of the presence of nature or the position of the agro-sector, but also because of their ambition to put food – and all that is connected with this system – central in further developments of the city. By performing research in Almere and the surroundings, AMS Institute stresses that food related questions and solutions in the urban environment are inextricably bound up with what is happening in the whole metropole region Amsterdam.
Moreover, the Floriade in 2022 in Almere with the theme ‘Feeding the City’ offers a great opportunity to test prototypes of innovations and showcase these to a large international audience. To ensure the innovations for the Floriade in 2022, we are working together with the different partners on the scientific living-lab Flevo Campus. Flevo Campus, which opened January 10 this year, is a place where governments, companies and research institutions are able to invest in practical scientific research, education and business-oriented developments.
Read more about the Flevo Campus in this factsheet.