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Local Fertile Production in a Global System

Having a local and technological food production system that enables farming of various species in a harmony with urban area and society.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

DCube

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

- Media Outlet (­Perception management, creating new communication channels, raising the consumers’ and producers’ awareness, increasing the acceleration of the adaptation) ­- Non-Governmental Organization & Co-operations (To create intermediate steps between locals and governmental units) -Local People (Producers & Consumers) - Investors -Supervisors (­Food Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Designer (System, Product), Urban Planers) - Municipality of Çankaya/Ankara (­Process monitoring in bureaucratic perspective) - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (­Regulations for technology-oriented food production policies) - Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (­Organizing farming/production and settlement areas within the scope of adapting cities for this new system) - Agriculture and Rural Development Support Institution

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://www.d-cube.org

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Just beginning now

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Ankara

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Turkey

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

100. Yıl Neighborhood

What country is your selected Place located in?

Turkey

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

We are a team that live in the capital of Turkey, Ankara. 100.Yıl is a neighbourhood that includes an urban garden and one of the most prestigious university of Ankara. It is distinct that we are and also a huge youth population is in contact thanks to the Middle East Technical University. Not only university students but also settled families live in that area in a harmony and rhapsody of producing or sharing. We all want to support that area people inhabit, produce and consume in together.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

100.Yıl/Ankara is such a place that people still live in a harmony with a neighborhood culture. It is a place nearby METU Campus, so settled families and dynamic students live together in that field. Ankara is the capital of the Turkey, and 100.Yıl is near to the central places. That’s why it cannot be described as underdeveloped. On the other hand, people still live in a slower pace than city’s central places in there. The main purpose of the place is settlement. There is a garden (bostan) that local people farm collectively and consume collectively. There is also a big marketplace that people from all over the Ankara come and sell their products. To wrap up, in 100.yıl consumption, production and sharing goes hand in hand in local perspective.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

5526

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

1) To change the perception that production in society is not only dependent on soil and nature 2) Shaping the impact of construction on the agricultural areas in a different vision 3) Redesigning the shrinking production areas due to the increase in urbanization and population 4) Shaping the impact of construction on the agricultural areas in a different vision 5) To adapt to the changes (taste, smell, texture, etc.) in the foods produced and consumed 6) To strengthen the sharing channels of producers and consumers in order to increase food efficiency and diversity 7)Increasing and expanding cooperatives 8 )Giving importance to communal benefit rather than individual benefit 9) Increasing investment to the alternative technologies related to food production 10) Technology-oriented food policies by governmentTechnology-oriented food policies by government

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

There is now a food production network from the soil in this region. But environmental factors reduce productivity. In 2050, this yield will decrease further. The transition of the people of the region to synthetic food production should be ensured. -The people of the region should be informed about the independence of food production from nature until 2050. -The people of the region should be informed about the independence of food production from nature until 2050. -Our habits may change, but this requires adaptation. Thanks to media channels, the predictions and new technologies in the food system should be shared with people as soon as possible. - Sharing will become important in this changing new vision and people will need to form a strong bond. Therefore, local structures are very important. -Politics and economy will grow through technology-oriented food production and at this point politicians have to step in.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

With the increase in population, the prevention of building and urbanization is inevitable. There is a land used for agriculture in the defined region. Although globalization has increased, people will always need nutrition and shelter. For the society affected by social and psychological conditions, it will be a value to produce and share. Therefore, the area defined as agricultural land will be a Center where synthetic foods independent of nature are produced by local people. The lack of water is already evident. Change is inevitable but the problem is evolvable. The people of the region will take new steps together in sharing and resisting. Therefore, it will protect both production areas and change.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

It is inevitable that production system will be supported by technology which is an already started process. In the same breath, our living and production areas will be affected by climate change, increasing population and urbanization. One of the effects of that change will be producing vegetables and most of other food sources without earth, in imitation conditions. Fruitfulness of the urban garden has already been affected by reduction of clean water resources and changing climate conditions day by day. In time, it is obvious that urban plan of and the perception of the ‘’production area’’ will be changed. Production areas, globally and locally, will be designed in a way that producing food in optimum conditions. That’s why disadvantages of neutral production such as unpredictable calamities, changes in water, air, earth, wind or any other factor that effect the production directly can be avoided. We will carry the production from lands to artifact buildings or areas specified for production with the help of technology. That movement will allow us to integrate food production areas to the city centers and give opportunity to the local people to be a part of production chain. Most probably, with the urbanization and increasing population, places that we count as rural areas also be like city centers in 2050. As a result, we will find ourselves while producing and consuming in cities within a combined system. Being a collective neighborhood will gain different meanings. Maybe production and consumption will be organized in a way that people do it together. People will act more individual but on the other hand, the idea of being a part of society will increase. Shared places like dining halls are going to be more common. On the other side, globalization is a reality that’s why cultures may not be local anymore. Our habits may change in a way, but people will still be in need of experiencing food consumption pleasure. That’s why food cultures and process of consuming food will be existed still, in a different way. As it is mentioned before, increasing of population and developments in technology will make us question the efficiency of foods in terms of nutritive values. Super foods which have rich contents are going to be our base of nutrition. As a result of it most of the problems that we have today will not be exist in 2050. In other words, not the quantity but the quality of the foods will be the point in questions. Foreseen technology-based food production and sharing center, will grow and spread various distincts with the help of the cooperatives. Support to the settlements will be transformed into a wide system applied by the state to each neighborhood. These food production centers, which are composed of units within themselves, will be a new generation production market garden that is both technology-oriented and unaffected by adverse conditions. Because of local places producing its own need of food, importation and exportation of food will decrease. Technology, diversity and accessibility will become common concepts in politics. That’s why governments will support the future farmers more than today. Because their wealth and perception of new economy will require to be developed with the consideration of these circumstances.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Conference/event

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Thank you so much for the Food Extension Initiative.

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