Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Production. From Farm to Table: the Case of Oliena, Sardinia
Explain your idea in details:
With linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 11 and 12, we stand for sustainable rural growth along with responsible production and consumption behaviors, to create a safe rural environment in which local populations are able to benefit from natural and locally-available resources. The pilot will result in sustainable agricultural production, relying more on locally-produced goods and less on imported assets, thereby raising productivity of the local farmers. Local biological products will be sold on local markets through the creation of a circular economy that will not only benefit local producers but also local consumers. In fact, through such market we plan to generate income and job opportunities for vulnerable groups and unused human capital - unemployed women and youth groups; bolster larger amounts of money flowing through rural areas; and stimulate growth in other areas as well. Second, through a direct dialogue, we stand for partnership between farmers and industries producing food packaging. In the perspective of a circular metabolism-driven development, such dialogue will home in on the creation of a zero waste society, by building a sound material-cycle society through the effective use of resources and materials. Third, the community overall will benefit from the project, in that it enhances the safeguard of the local environment, by avoiding over-consumption of natural resources; promoting sustainable production processes; lowering the impact of human and agricultural activities on the local environment; and offering comprehensive environmental education programs, including workshops, awareness campaign, and sensitization activities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We locally implemented an education program in order to sensitize local populations on more responsible consumption trends and best practices to sustain the growth of local agricultural activities, as follows: -Ensuring a sustainable economic and social development within a regional and national policy frame. -Limiting the consumption of virgin materials, and fostering the 3Rs principles approach through community awareness and the promotion of good practices. -Reducing generation of waste at the production stage, by changing chain supply operations. -Achieving higher levels of agricultural productivity through technological upgrading. -Promoting development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro- and small-sized urban farms. -Implementing resilient agricultural practices, relying upon sustainable food production and supply chain; upon market offer and demand centered around trade of locally-available and locally-produced goods; and upon integration of traditional practices with more sustainable techniques. -Enhancing sustainable production and consumption of natural resources, including protection of biodiversity and local habitats, animal genetic conservation, and re-vegetation strategies. -Increasing investment in sustainable agriculture in inner rural areas to enhance capacity and productivity of local farmers. Therefore, our short-term impacts are comprised of an increased use of local resources to benefit local farmers and producers. On one hand an online agency will connect farmers in need with landowners. On the other hand, the inhabitants will set up the necessary linkages to support local markets and products, including distribution of local bio-products to restaurants and cooperative grocery market by unemployed inhabitants; use of organic waste as fertilizer in local farms; diffused kitchen held by inhabitants in the building courts. In the medium and long run, we propose a more inclusive policy framework, including integration of the industrial recycling process through simple and cost-effective actions.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This project stems from our masters thesis project, elaborated under the supervision of Professor Eugenio Morello and Arch. Giuseppe Boi, and addressing waste management systems and rural development in Sardinia. The strategies aims at creating linkages between the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability, by giving local inhabitants and farmers a mainstream role in local development. Three target organizations will perform actions in each stream, by working closely with inhabitants and farmers in the role of key players. Secondly, increased generation of waste materials is a major concern both in developing and developed countries. With urban centers and economies growing bigger and bigger, we need to adapt local production systems and consumption trends to more sustainable policy framework, protecting local basins of natural resources and operating within the planetary boundaries. For the project to be financially sustainable in its initial phase, it will rely on private donation and grant money. In particular, we are launching crowdfunding campaigns on online platforms, aimed at providing the initial investment to implement the pilot project locally and provide local workers with adequate equipment and vehicles. Moreover, we are applying to public international competitions offering grants and financial resources to local communities and supporting local businesses. By leveraging on an initial investment from private donors, we aim to propagate the life cycle of organic materials and plastic consumption to generate income for farmers and workers in the waste sector, thereby achieving financial sustainability. Through the creation of a circular economy in Sardinias rural settlements, in which income is able to be generated from plastic products and food consumed, the entire micro-economy of the town is also projected to benefit from the implementation of this project.
Carol Maione is a 25-years-old graduate in Urban Planning and Policy Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy and candidate in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, currently working as a Campus Coordinator for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, with the aim of promoting SDGs and connecting youth among ideas of sustainable development. Negar Aliakbarshirazi is 32-years-old graduating in Master of Urban Planning and Policy Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban studies at Politecnico di Milano. Currently working as external collaborator at Presting srl, Architecture and Engineering Studio in Milan on possible solutions for Sustainable Development of Rural Settlements. Given our background and our common interest in waste management, we teamed up in order to propose sustainable solutions promoting enhancement of the local communities and sustainable production and consumption (with linkages to the SDG12) in the city of Oliena, Sardinia (Italy). This research is centered around ideas of urban metabolism in rural contexts, sustainable production and consumption of resources, zero waste societies, and impacts on natural ecosystems due to improper environmental practices. Previous awards and recognitions are comprised of Sustainable Development Goals-related competition, including the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youths Youth Solutions Report 2017 and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinellis Youth in Action for SDGs 2017; projects publication, including Youth Solutions Report by SDSN Youth and Inaugural report of the Youth Commission on Science, Engineering, & Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prosperity in a Changing World - Review of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, & 14 by UNMGCY; and projects presentation in the IAPS 2017 Symposium, Dar es Salaam, and Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University.