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FILL Objectives

Designed as a collaborative and innovative hub, Food for Iasi Living Lab aims primarily at connecting stakeholdolders from CRFS for identifying and assessing the particular issues of the urban food system of Iași city as well as for finding innovative solutions able to address these identified issues and contribute to the development of a durable and sustainable food system.

How FILL thinks to achieve this objective Food for Iasi Living Lab focuses on activities with a high-degree of data collection, analysis and assessment, formulating models of good practices, dissemination of the results and knowledge transfer. In the first stage, Food for Iasi Living Lab will run the following types of activities:: - Scientific development in the field of urban food systems for identifying the best methods of addressing the particular issues of CRFS Iasi;

  • Scientific research in the field of systems thinking for expanding the methodological basis of Cities2030 project in terms of interaction with stakeholders;
  • Educating consumers and raising awareness about healthy food and environmentally friendly agricultural systems;
  • Promoting local producers on Iași food market through in situ and online tastings, visits to producers, materials of promotion and advertising;
  • Raising the trust level of consumers in local producers through common workshops;
  • Synergies for integrating platforms such as gustdeiasi.ro and ecoruris.ro on FILL platform (fill.rdrp.ro).

City of Iasi Description 

The City of Great Loves, The City of  the Famous Destinies, The City of  the Three Unions, The City on Seven Hills, “The City of the Beginnings” (first Romanian University, first Botanical Garden, first Romanian National Theatre,  first Jewish Theatre, etc), The City of  Great Ideas, IAȘI is the second  largest city (according to the last census) of Romania.  

Located in the historical region of Moldavia, Iaşi has constantly been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. The city was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1564 to 1859, then of the United Principalities from 1859 to 1862, and the capital of Romania from 1916 to 1918. 
Known as The Cultural Capital of Romania, Iaşi is a key symbol in the Romanian history. The famous Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga said "There should be no Romanian who does not  know of it".

Still referred to as The Moldavian Capital, Iaşi is the seat of Iaşi County and the main  economic centre of the Romanian region of Moldavia. Home to the first Romanian university and to the first engineering school, it is the second largest university centre in the country accommodating over 75,000 students in 5 public and private universities. The social and cultural life revolves around Vasile Alecsandri National Theater (the oldest in Romania),  Moldova State Philharmonic, the Opera House, Tătăraşi Athenaeum, a famous  Botanical Garden (the oldest and largest in Romania), the Central University Library (the  oldest in Romania), high quality foreign cultural centres and festivals, an array of  museums, memorial houses, religious and historical monuments. 

General information 

  • Region: North-East Region of Romania 
  • Location: Iasi is situated in the east side of Moldova, on the Bahlui River, affluent of Jijia that flows into the Prut River; it is the legendary city of  the 7 hills: Cetățuia, Galata, Copou, Bucium,  Șorogari, Repedea, and Breazu 
  • Population: 305,978 inhabitants 
  • Total surface: 5,476 km² 
  • Coordinates: 47°9′44″N 27°35′20″E (Google Maps: 47.1487981,27.5642885)

Iasi is the second largest city in the country in terms of number of residents, but  also in cultural, historical and academic terms. 
The second largest university centre in Romania 

Economy 

Iaşi is an important economic centre in Romania. The most important sectors are related to ITC, health care, education, research, culture, government, tourism and manufacturing. It is active in metallurgical production, pharmaceutical industry, textiles and clothing, constructions,  banking, wine, preserved meat. 

The city is an important ITC sector centre, with software companies and two universities  that provide high quality graduate engineers. 
Iaşi is also a well developed commercial city with shopping malls and commercial centres.
 


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