Quart de Poblet is a small city in the Valencian region (Spain) that has more than 24.000 inhabitants and its area is 19,6 km2. The City Council aspires to put food systems transformation at the heart of its policy agenda. To this end, it has 55,000m2 of land near the metro station
"Faitanar", which the local government intends to convert into organic urban gardens. The municipality also has an industrial park with a high concentration of factories in the food sector.
There are more than 30 producers in the municipality dedicated to the production of a wide variety of food products such as bread, nuts, eggs, meat, honey, beverages, etc. In addition to a municipal fresh food market, Quart de Poblet has more than 200 retail shops selling fruit and vegetables, fish, bakery, meat, etc.
In the framework of the Cities2030 project, QUAR contributes with the establishment of a policy and innovation lab. It will consist of a Food Lab led by the City Council of Quart de Poblet, with an active involvement of public representatives. The local government does not have a consolidated food policy, but it has taken occasional initiatives, especially, actions aimed at mitigating food poverty:
- Assistance to families who cannot afford basic necessities, through vouchers, cards, subsidies, etc.
- Establishment of soup kitchens.
- Dairy products and benefits for breast-feeding mothers.
- Home care for the elderly and sick persons, including shopping and cooking support.
- Our expectations from Cities2030 projects are establishing a consolidated local food policy and transforming our food system towards sustainability through three processes:
- Cities2030 will provide us with the basis for developing a sustainability-oriented food policy
- Obtaining support in terms of knowledge, expertise and innovation
- Interacting and co-creating with other European cities and partners from different sectors will be a great contribution to have a clear vision of the objectives we will have to set around our food system.
We find that food sustainability is a key challenge to face at the local level due to the amount of
food waste, unhealthy diet habits, the high rate of CO2 emissions and food poverty level.
Quart de Poblet focus areas
- Protecting and preserving natural resources
- Food security
- Connecting urban-rural linkages
- Social inclusion and labor insertion
- Fair commerce
- Start-ups and leisure spaces creation
Variables to monitor
The CRFS of Quart de Poblet is the Valencia CRFS.
They are interested in monitoring the promotion and users’ opinion of the local commerce and ecological agriculture, but also, they need generic statistical data to decide the most suitable promotion policies to be implemented. Initially, the variables we have identified Quart is interested into are:
- General population distribution (age and sex) in Valencia Region
- Incomes distribution in Valencia Region (social development)
- Land cover. The percentage of land dedicated to agriculture, and ecological agriculture, as well as other economic activities.
- Distribution of economic activities (commerce, construction, etc.)
- The intensity of the promotion done in social networks. The impact the implemented policies is having. They are interested in knowing how many times the (Valencia/Quart) local commerce and ecological agriculture is referred. If they do it in a positive, neutral or negative way. If there is correlation between positive (negative) opinions and the geographical area, age, date, etc.
- The intensity with their local products (probably ecological) are referred in text and, mainly, photos.