How can cities promote educational and professional pathways and develop skills while developing sustainable food ecosystems?
Focusing on food systems is both an end and a means to address jobs accessibility and skills development. Many cities are indeed using this approach to boost employability of job seekers and support the most disadvantaged people to develop new skills while socialising. Many cities are also supporting the development of business and entrepreneurial initiatives through business incubators and test farms.
Exemplary city cases of food-related jobs and skills elements are:
- Les Jardins d'Arlette (« Arlette’s gardens ») supporting social reinsertion through gardening, while selling products to public and private clients
- Bees educational Seminars for Teachers, Performed by the Arnea Environmental Educational Centre, in Nea Propontida, Greece
- Bee products as endless possibilities for innovation and creation of green jobs, in Lubljana, Slovenia
- Job creation policies in urban agriculture & sustainable food businesses, Brussels
- UIA MAC - Permaculture to spearhead an economic process and urban growth as a means to combat poverty in Pozzuoli, Italy
- The Open Badge, an innovative tool to enhance individual skills
- Opening up new entrepreneurial horizons to teenagers with "Agraria start-up"