Urban agriculture

This resolution was adopted at Spires Grand Meeting 2016

The food production has in a large scale been moved out of the cities. In many cities, you will find challenges related to food security and knowledge about health and food production. Spire believes that local food production in the form of urban agriculture should be an integral part of urban planning- and development.

Urban agriculture includes the cultivation of food and livestock in urban environments together with parks and woodlands. By initiating urban agriculture, you provide the citie’s populations with access to fresh and healthy food, as well as contributing to the recycling of waste through composting, which result in a greener city that is more resistant to climate change. Urban agriculture contributes to increased food security where urban population cannot afford to buy the food they need or do not have access to fresh and healthy food.

Urban agriculture helps to create an arena for the urban population where one provides a basis for human encounters, knowledge exchange, integration and entrepreneurship. It also provides a basis for awareness of the relationship between humans and nature, and helps people to understand the human impact on nature.

Densification, public and private development interests and poor management of the cities challenges the urban agriculture in today's cities. The promotion of urban agriculture requires adequate preparation by the authorities, information campaigns and monitoring as well as further development of current site areas. In this way we can ensure good conditions for urban agriculture, which will contribute to greener and more human-friendly cities.

Spire believes that:

  • Politicians and governments must work actively to preserve and further develop existing farmland and land used for urban agriculture.

  • Plans and strategies have to be developed for how city governments will help develop urban agriculture in Norwegian cities.
  • It must be given greater support for organizations and groups working with development and information on urban agriculture.
  • Urban agriculture should be promoted as an important component of international strategies for planning and development of the world's cities, such as the United Nations work through the New Urban Agenda.