Quart de Poblet

CRFS Lab description

Main lab’s objectives

The main objective of Quart de Poblet lab is to increase the national and international
promotion and relevance of the Valencia’s ecological agriculture and local commerce.

Quart de Poblet

Spain

The municipality of Quart de Poblet has sustainable urban strategies such as the Action Plan for Sustainability, corresponding to Agenda 21, and the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI) 2014-2020 (ERDF). This has allowed a great development in the urban-natural integration of the municipality. Regarding food systems, the city has carried out the installation of a Municipal Ecological Garden (MEG) to promote environmental education, encourage citizen participation in sustainable development processes, to connect with the diverse traditional and indigenous horticultural species, and to know how to grow crops (e.g. interaction with production: soil, water, seeds, tillage). Additional MEG will be deployed within the present project, throughout the promotion and training of local unemployed people to enter the food industry. The City Council and citizens are constantly developing awareness-raising events on sustainability and ecological agriculture.

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 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.