From July 13 to 22, 2022, AMSED organized in Strasbourg the Seminar “Urban Agriculture”, with the support of its European partners. Bringing together 30 participants from 11 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Turkey), this project financed by the Erasmus+ Program aimed to exchange good practices and to allow youth workers to develop the necessary skills to support in turn the implementation of youth initiatives and projects in the field of urban agriculture.
During 10 days, the participants had the opportunity to work together around this theme thanks to numerous non-formal education activities. On the program:
- Reflection and interactive definition of the concepts of agriculture, sustainable development, circular economy, greenhouse gas emission, ecological footprint, social entrepreneurship and employability young NEET and Jamos;
- Projection of micro-trottoir videos made by the participants in their countries to exchange and understand the different contexts in terms of waste management and sustainable development;
- Exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices from the 11 partner countries in the field of urban agriculture;
- Workshops and reflections on the many issues related to urban agriculture: the potential for innovation and employability for young people, the ecological footprint, the skills required for a youth worker, sharing of realities on the state of climate change and urban agriculture in the context of the participants’ countries, etc.
- Workshops to create collaborative tools: a tutorial on urban agriculture business creation, a pedagogical kit on urban agriculture, a “to-do-list” to undertake in urban agriculture, and the implementation of a local and international dissemination strategy for an awareness campaign on the ecological transition through agriculture;
- Photo safari during which participants discovered the best addresses and practices in Strasbourg in terms of urban agriculture;
- Round tables and debates with experts in urban agriculture: we had the honor to welcome Mr. Antoine NEUMANN, deputy city councilor of Strasbourg, who came to talk about the various installations and local issues related to urban agriculture; and Mrs. Pauline FRACK-SOUDIER, project manager of the Strasbourg association Les Cols Verts, whose objective is to make urban agriculture accessible everywhere and for everyone, through professional training, workshops, projects, etc.
- Visits of Strasbourg’s experiences in order to be at the heart of the city’s urban agriculture structures: the Jardins de la Montagne Verte and their agricultural production, linked to professional and social integration, opened their doors to us and allowed us to discover their incredible site! The association la Maison du Compost also welcomed us to talk about the construction of a compost, thanks to a practical workshop and the discovery of their garden;
- Theatrical representations of situations lived by the participants around environmental issues;
- Presentation of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programs by Mr. Djilali KABECHE, director of AMSED;
- Development of new partnerships and creation of new European youth projects related to environmental and/or social issues.
We would like to warmly thank all the speakers who accepted to come and share their experiences, as well as our European partners: Familles du Monde asbl (Belgium), Association des Femmes en Economie Verte (Algeria), The Starry Starts of Talent Foundation (Bulgaria), Mostar Friedensprojekt ev (Germany), Asociacion Mundus – Un Mundo a Tus Pies (Spain), Associazone Culturale Malik (Italy), Association de Volontariat et Echange Culturel et Action des Jeunes (Tunisia), Anatolia Genclik Dernegi (Turkey), Youth Organisation ” Human World ” (Ukraine), Espace Solidarité et Développement (Morocco). Finally, and most importantly, a huge thank you to all the participants who have invested with us in this beautiful project!
Here are some photos of these 10 days of exchange!