QUALITY FOOD FOR ALL
CITY PORTS ARE CRUCIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
MAKING PORT CITIES KEY PLAYERS IN THE SEARCH FOR SUFFICIENT, QUALITY FOOD FOR ALL
Developing smart systems for monitoring and controlling food resources from one end of the logistics chain to the other.
Combating food waste by improving storage capabilities for both import and export of perishable goods.
Promoting fair trade and organic and local productions through a tailored commercial policy.
Enhancing port areas dedicated to commercial fishing and encouraging innovative food research projects in the City Port territory.
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Bahía Blanca - [Argentina]
In 2018 the port of Bahía Blanca presented their vision to create a food cluster, building on the exiting agro-food sector, in cooperation with Bolsa de Cereales (Grain Exchange of Bahía Blanca). One year later, the Cluster was launched based under the jurisdiction of the port authority to foster a competitive edge linking food production, research and logistics. The main goal is to gather companies creating synergies to increase the added value of these products in the local context while incrementing the exports. The central action vectors will be to improve the quality, value and reach of regional and national products, to implement innovative technologies (industry 4.0) linked to new business models, improve supply chains and generate new connections between the sector and research centers and universities, supporting new start-ups. These actions should result into business incubators with new funding systems, or human capital development linked to educational programs.
CEMAS - La Marina de Valencia [Spain]
The World Sustainable Urban Food Centre (CEMAS) in La Marina of Valencia is a space developed in partnership between Valencia City Council and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Its main mission is twofold, knowledge management and communication. On the one hand, the CEMAS has to manage knowledge in programs, projects and actions for sustainable food, developed in urban settings. This includes assessing policies against malnutrition, food production or avoiding food waste. On the other hand, the CEMAS must communicate and disseminate relevant information and data for sustainable food and nutrition to reach the media and public opinion. This center is hosted in La Marina as part of its innovation district, directly on the waterfront, implementing new uses in this part of the port city.
Rotterdam [The Netherlands]
In Rotterdam there are several innovative initiatives related to food. In the M4H area, on the north side of the Maas river, there is the dairy floating farm, a structure on the water hosting 40 cows producing 1000 liters of milk per day.
In the Maasvlakte, the port authority is creating the Food Hub occupying 60 Ha to improve the logistics of fresh and frozen products.
The municipality created the Food Cluster gathering companies, institutions and research centers to develop innovative solutions for the sector.