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Slovenia: Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion

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Velenje, Slovenia. Click on image for larger file.

Employ Participatory Urban and Peri-urban agriculture (UPA) as a powerful and emerging method to improve public institutional capacities in order to tackle socio-economic exclusion of vulnerable/marginalized groups and to stimulate sustainable urban development in the Danube region.

14 February 2017 at 9:30
Velenje, Stari trg 3, Vila Bianca
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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In recent times, the main needs and challenges related to governance systems within the Danube region can be associated with decreasing public institutional capacities to incorporate participatory approach into decision-making processes. The absence of participatory mechanisms is contributing to reduced motivation of people to engage in governance and administration because they feel relegated from political, social and economic agendas and not competent enough to act as an equivalent counterpart and a considerable driver of “change”.

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The ‘Urban Farm’ in Phoenix teaches people how to grow their own food

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Greg Peterson, owner of The Urban Farm in Phoenix, kneels in his garden July 10, 2017. He sells and educates people about growing citrus trees in the Valley. (Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic)

Nearly 25 percent more Americans grew their own food in 2015 than in 2008, and food-growing households in urban areas increased 29 percent, from 7 million in 2008 to 9 million, in 2013, according to the National Gardening Association.

By Georgann Yara
Arizona Republic
Jan. 24, 2017

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By the time Peterson made the decision to make Urban Farm his only job last year, he had been accustomed to living frugally. He was growing most of his own food and lived what he preached. He was an adjunct professor at ASU from 2011-2016, and had done a few other jobs before to make ends meet.

“I learned to live lightly. Sustainability is about not consuming a lot,” he said.

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