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Sofia, Bulgaria: “Urban agriculture as a strategy for improving the quality of life of urban communities”

The main conclusion that can be drawn at this stage of the research is that the potential of UA to provide meaningful social, economic and environmental contributions to the quality of life of urban communities is undoubted by the key UA stakeholders.

By a Professional team of sociologists, economists, and experts in environmental studies, landscape architecture and urban studies
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Nov 2017

Excerpt:

The main findings of the research so far can be summarized under the following main points:

1. The variety of urban agriculture activities with social, economic, ecological and educational significance in Sofia includes initiatives with various functions:
educational functions (in kindergartens, schools, universities);
social functions (communal garden projects);
science and research functions (experimental fields at universities and science institutions);
commercial functions (small family farms, mostly in the peri-urban fringe).

The educational effect of urban farming is seen as its most important advantage by the respondents from all studied categories. The educational effect on children and adolescents in particular, is seen as the single most valuable contribution to society that urban agriculture can have. It is a commonly shared belief that if young people know more about food (where it comes from, methods of production, varieties and breeds, pests and diseases, ways to prepare it, etc.), they would develop more responsible consumption patterns, and pro-environmental behaviour, and will make healthier food choices.

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