Nutrire Milano – Governance and policymaking

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The project can be considered an attempt to create services of public interest by not-for profit and institutional organizations, thanks to the support of a bank foundation. The local municipality has supported the project in the beginning by granting the use for free of the public land for the farmers’ market. The government of the Agricultural Park South, instead, can be considered as a direct beneficiary of the project and supports it by providing competences and human resources. In response to the upcoming 2015 International Expo in Milan, focusing on sustainable food systems, the project had the ambition to start a real-scale experiment, by converting the principles of the Expo into a “regional monument” to sustainable food; in other words, to create a living good practice rather than just a showcase. In fact, Feeding Milan aimed at becoming a scenario of city-supported agriculture, an advanced system of community-supported agriculture, which aims to involve a wider array of subjects, proposing services with fewer access barriers and commitment conditions for participants, whether they are producers or consumers as compared to the virtuous models of promising practices existing in cities today. In doing this, the project acted as a forerunner of a Milano Food Policy, which design is now in place, involving also experts of Feeding Milan. (Polimi Desis Lab)

Coltivando – Governance and policymaking

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Since the beginning, Coltivando has been co-designed and build by the community together with some researchers and students of the Politecnico di Milano. This is the actual existing community. One of the main outputs from the co-design sessions was not directly associated with design practice, but resulted in strong community building. Through meeting at the workshop, people start to get to know each other, understand each other’s competencies and develop respect for each other – and this resulted in the development of a strong community base to run the service and care for the garden. As a consequence, strict rules were not required to make the garden run. All along the design phase, the issue of the rules was one of the main challenge of the garden (i.e.defining work shifts, roles, timing and communication processes to keep the community cohesion). At the end of this phase, moving on with the prototype of Coltivando, soft rules and auto-regulation happened spontaneously and create a strong community that is able to trigger a democratic process to allocate the roles and the best way to run the garden. Some members are entrusted with specific duties, according to their personal competences and offer themselves to be the main reference for specific tasks (irrigation, seeds bank, planting scheduling, social network etc). (Polimi Desis Lab)

Izindaba Zokudla – Governance and policymaking

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Izindaba Zokudla is actively engaged with government (CoP, GDARD, DoE), the farmers (RDFF), academic institutions (UJ, Wits) and civil society groups (The Food Gardens Foundation) to identify issues with current policy and encourage its improvement, as well as providing opportunities for better understanding of policy for farmers on a grassroots level. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab)