The work and project research on urban agriculture and the quality of life of the elderly titled “Sustainable Food, Gastronomic Cities and the elderly” were jointly presented by GRAGE PhD researcher Giacomo Fiorani from project leader University of Macerata and Prof. Olena Motuzenko from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev.
The 8th Central European Congress on Food (CEFood) was organised by the European Federation of Food Science & Technology (EFFoST), held in the National University of Food and Technologies in Kiev on 23-26 May 2016.
Urban agriculture is seen as a positive practice for the elderly and for citizens.
Some challenges with regard to property rights were highlighted alongside others connected with city planning or administrative policies, opening up discussions in the law-and-economics field related to urban planning and the green economy.
The importance of relations with relevant public and private stakeholders and the dissemination of best practices were stresses for achieving a better life in cities. The need to involve urban planning and urban design, especially in cities with vertical development was highlighted. Other issues included the difficulty in getting in touch with the elderly and know their real problems, in particular those living on their own in large cities as well as opportunities for better quality of life through a rational use of organic waste in urban agriculture.
Other GRAGE research findings were presented by Alessio Cavicchi (UNIMC), Chiara Rinaldi (UNIMC), Paolo Passarini (UNIMC), Eleonora Belletti (UNIMC).
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