w14: HOW TO MAKE URBAN FARMING ECONOMICALLY VIABLE?

Moderators : Jacopo Monzini, FAO, Italy ;  Nicolas Ancion, University of Liege, Belgium ; Francesco Orsini, University of Bologna, Italy ; Stefania De Pascale, University of Napoli, Italy

The workshop aims at discussing the different business models adopted by urban farming players to establish viable urban farms in their cities.

The workshop targets urban farming entrepreneurs, suppliers of technology, investors, public institutions, developers as well as researchers. The audience will be invited to share their experiences with respect to financial barriers and enablers.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with FAO and the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), in the context of a series of e-dialogue on Urban Agriculture:

  • Introductory talk: Economic opportunities for urban farming (N. Ancion, 30 min including Q&A)
  • Round table (moderator J. Monzini):

The round table will discuss the different business models and role, challenges and opportunities of different financing opportunities including:

  • Investment funds and banks;
  • National and international funding schemes
  • Crowdfunding;
  • Offtake agreements with food processors and retailers.

A position paper bringing together the workshop outcomes will be proposed for publication in Acta Horticulturae.