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Happy NEW YEAR 2021!

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

It is time to reflect on 2020. A year with a load of challenges from natural disasters to global health crises. Across the whole year, our resilience was tested. Let's take a brief look back and also a look forward into next year.

Main highlights of 2020!

For 3 years, Anne PELISSE, founder of Filament Europe, has taught international urban agriculture to Master students at the Ecole d’Agro-Management of Paris (IHEDREA). The goal is to provide the students with a better understanding of the urban farming industry across the world. As part of this module, students, first, assess business models cases. Then, they are asked to reflect on a strategy for sustainable growth in the sector.

"It is such a pleasure to transfer my knowledge to students, so I was delighted when I was asked to develop a new module on urban agriculture for Bachelor students in 2021."

- A. Pelisse, Filament Europe -

Besides, we created, at Filament Europe, a database of the urban farming initiatives, so as to track and monitor the evolution of the urban agricultural sector. This information tool, which encompasses today more than 650 entries in Europe and 20 indicators is continuously growing. The number of initiatives increases and the accuracy of information improves.

The first territorial dashboard for urban agriculture was issued in the region Pays de Loire (France) last December 2020, although not publicly available. Other municipalities showed interest in this instrument of information management, so we expect to develop it in other regions.

A new idea emerged from these works. Whereas there is an increasing demand for timely data to support decision-making in urban agriculture, reliable statistics, and metrics are lacking. Thus, a reflection paper on the opportunity to design a European urban agricultural information system that would foster knowledge and improve sustainable development was drafted with partners from Belgium, England and France.

Expectations for 2021!

In 2021, there are many major challenges on an economic, social, climatic and political level ahead of us. However, I believe we are able at Filament Europe to tackle them effectively by focusing on three issues:

  • To consolidate existing partnerships across Europe

  • To team up with stakeholders involved with data of the urban agricultural sector

  • To get financial support to further develop the statistical information system of urban farming.

At Filament Europe, we want 2021 to be the year of collaboration that would lead to shared knowledge and experience.

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