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The Urbaner

Our mission is to find and create a new wave of local production in city centers from individual to whole country

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Posthane Dijital Reklam Organizasyon Tanıtım Halkla İlişkiler Tic. LTD. ŞTİ.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

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

-Dr. Atakan Büke who is an independent researcher and sociologist works on the sociology of agriculture and food, capitalist agrifood system and capitalist food regime - Another shareholder Erdem Erikçi who is scientist in molecular biology and genetics, also cofounder of biftek.co and iklim.co.

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?

Çankaya, Ankara

What country is your selected Place located in?

Turkey

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

We as a team are all live in Ankara, Çankaya region where is the center of urban life. Our relationship with the city is basically based on city life experience in terms of being a consumer. If it was possible to change the regular practice of city people, it would be the first step in order to overcome the consequences of climate change and the inequalities between actors of the food system. We are questioning how it is possible to add a value of being producer into consumers' daily habits because change starts with us. This is the reason why we put city experience in the middle of our work.

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.

Turkey has always been the major economy of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region and during the 2000s it has further strengthened its regional economic pre-eminence. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the gross domestic product (GDP) of Turkey has increased a level of US$ 706 billion. This strong economic growth of Turkey has dramatically boosted with a high level of production and consumption as a result of the growing population of the country. Besides, Ankara is the capital city of Turkey where is located geographically in the middle of the country. Ankara is in the region that has a continental climate. For this reason, the steppe is the regular biome with herbaceous vegetation of Ankara. Also in order to get more detailed information about Ankara, Çankaya region, it is important to check Çankaya’s historical background. The political and cultural history of Çankaya district begins with the establishment of the Republic. The physical geography of Çankaya was plateau with its vineyards and gardens. It is said that several small vineyard houses were barely chosen among the greens in the middle of the steppe. Because of its nature, after Ankara became capital of Turkey, many embassies moved from İstanbul to Çankaya. Thus, urbanization started in there. Today, it has been the most reputable and most remarkable district of Ankara. Çankaya is the center for government and military buildings. Also ministries, public institutions, embassies, important commercial, cultural and social centers are located in there. If it was possible to change the consumption and production habits of residents in Çankaya, it would mean that it is highly possible to change it countrywide. Because this movement will start in the heart of city where many institutions and organizations are located.With the help of cultural, political and economic diversity in Çankaya region, the change in here will have a major impact on all over the country. It is not as crowded as other part of the cities since it is a good prototype in general.

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

5673544

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

In today's world where international climate negotiations are increasingly important; regional conflicts and inequalities have created turbulence on a global scale; food safety and scarcity are among the main topics; water scarcity is becoming visible, the importance of economic, social and environmental sustainability is increasing. In the light of such information, today’s Çankaya, Ankara region is full of buildings and there is no much area for the agriculture and food sources. Our project is based on to change it. It is not about the increasing green zones around the cities. Since it is really hard to stop urbanization and force people that something they are not used to. That is why, our mission is to use technology in order to help people to produce in their homes or apartments while keeping their life as simple as possible. Also, this system should be adaptable in any city and in any urban people life style.

This will be done through a combination of training and site visits to gain the first-hand experience from other sustainable food systems in the EU. The project will also increase awareness of the Food System in the selected region. The Capacity Building activity starts with the analysis of the current status and the legislative, institutional and technical needs for harmonization of projects from the EU. This will be followed by the development of a communication strategy and action plan to disseminate the plans developed in the project and raise awareness about the food system. An initial informational meeting will be organized in Ankara for selected stakeholders to present the project and the findings of the initial analysis of the current situation. This will be followed by training sessions in the Çankaya region for local producer candidates on urban/peri-urban production. The number of practical training sessions will then be held.Turkey is considered as a great example of a third world country in the Middle East in terms of agricultural policy. In rural, the number of farmers is getting decreasing and also the government has a profit-oriented regime not land and production-oriented. In urban city planning, agriculture production mainly located in rural areas. However, with this project, our aim is to liberalize agriculture from rural to city centres. If food production is just located in rural areas, with the perceived risk of scarcity and climate change there could be a risk of facing no farming area in rural. Not only economic situation of Turkey but also nature is not on our side. Also, city centres is mainly also consumption centres. 

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

Changes in temperature and precipitation, as well as weather and climate extremes, are already influencing crop yields and livestock productivity in Europe. This can lead to the abandonment of climate-disadvantaged farmlands.  As a producer, farmers, who are among the most affected by the impacts of climate change, do not know how he adapts to climate change effect. We would like to bring transparency and awareness.

As a one of our shareholder Dr. Atakan Büke who is an independent researcher and sociologist works on the sociology of agriculture and food, capitalist agrifood system and capitalist food regime. He points out the problems in food regime into three topics, which are sustainability, reliability and equality. Our 2050 food vision has also shared the same core problematic aspects in food regime as Atakan Büke mentioned. Also, he brings together his concerns under a single reason, which is a capitalist food regime that causes undemocratic production system. It means that the gap between the producer and the consumer is increased. There are many agencies between two actors. Not just because of many actors, also the number of people who has natural and conscious diet is decreasing. So, food is not just any more nutrition, it is also a profit-oriented object which means transparency in food regime is lost. Food is not appreciated as a human being’s essential to live as a part of the right to life. Everybody should have the same access to food and the information that we have about food should be transparent in order to change the food policy. In that point, productivity should be reconsidered as a part of the food system. Because in capitalist food regimes the only reason behind productivity is making more profit.We as an Urbaner want to emphasize the importance of productivity in terms of cultural code and bond between producer and consumer. We want to shift the meaning of producer and consumer into prosumer. It brings food sovereignty instead of food security. Our first and initial statement is transparency in the food system. Also, technological developments should be accessible for every prosumer in other words for everybody. If we as an Urbaner would like to make a difference in the food system, we should examine all parts of the capitalist food system. That is why we come up with the idea of the importance of transparency and being prosumer as a part of food regime. **

As another shareholder Erdem Erikçi who is scientist in molecular biology and genetics, also cofounder of biftek.co and iklim.co, figures out the importance of technology in order to change the food system and the consumption behavior. His ideas strengthen our vision in terms of the importance of technological developments. The main important thing in order to make change in systems is to make it simple and adaptable for very easily. Accessible technology and information are also the key elements of our 2050 food vision as an Urbaner.

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.

When the production area expands and the production practice becomes an sustainable and accessible part of the lives of the urban people, they will be able to supply their food by themselves, and thus production continues in the city centre, perhaps inside the concrete buildings despite the climatic conditions and the reduction of rural production sites.

The key objectives of this priority area are to increase agricultural output and productivity, raise rural living standards, improve market access and support agribusiness. The primary tools will be the increased use of new technologies, technical support to members and subregions, support to agribusiness and capacity building.

When people change their connection with food as a prosumer, people have chance to be part of the food production system in a very easy way. Thus, it is time to take the responsibility for what we consume by ourselves. Because, when people do not know how their food is produced, they lose the connection between what they eat and what they consume. We as an Urbaner would like to rebound this connection.

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

This project will increase the experience of the local food production in Turkey and further build capacity on the urban and peri-urban food production through the Sustainable Food System. This will be done through a combination of training and site visits to gain the first-hand experience from other sustainable food systems in the EU. The project will also increase awareness of the Food System in the selected region. The Capacity Building activity starts with the analysis of the current status and the legislative, institutional and technical needs for harmonization of projects from the EU. This will be followed by the development of a communication strategy and action plan to disseminate the plans developed in the project and raise awareness about the food system. An initial informational meeting will be organized in Ankara for selected stakeholders to present the project and the findings of the initial analysis of the current situation. This will be followed by training sessions in the Çankaya region for local producer candidates on urban/peri-urban production. The number of practical training sessions will then be held. Turkey is considered as a great example of third world country in Middle East in terms of agricultural policy. In rural, the number of farmers is getting decreasing and also government has a profit-oriented regime not land and production oriented. In the urban city planning, agriculture production mainly located on rural areas. However, with this project, our aim is to liberalize agriculture from rural to city centers. If food production is just located on rural areas, with the perceived risk of scarcity and climate change there could be risk of facing no farming area in rural. Not only economic situation of Turkey but also nature is not on our side. Also, city centers is mainly also consumption centers. We are looking for how to change the city life as a agricultural lands and habits. Our project starts to change society from individual. The schematic representation of our vision is Individual -> Family -> Nearby Neighborhood -> Street -> Neighborhood -> District -> City -> Region -> Country Thus, using technology is a primary tool in order to achieve our mission. With the help of the technological development which allows urban people to cultivate their own food in their house, in their apartment or maybe in their neighborhood it will be possible to decrease waste and change the daily habits of urban people from consumer to producer. Also, when people start to produce, it also opens the new area that affects the economy in terms of supply and demand relationship. Actually, any change in food system directly point out the change in the economy. That is why, our mission is something much more related with the changing individuals behavior with the help of technology and designing the new way of cultivation.

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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