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Urban food production refers to all food that can be produced in an urban environment. Technology is developing at a rapid pace, facilitating new solutions that are not dependant on traditional agriculture. The CircularHoodFood project promotes the generation of a carbon-neutral urban environment, circular economy solutions, the reduction of the carbon footprint of food and the creation of new business, cooperation and solutions.

The objectives of the CircularHoodFood project are:

  • To develop understanding and solutions concerned with the turning point in urban and regional development, brought on by climate change, the decrease in arable land and technological development. To collect lessons learned through pilots and functional solutions for food production in an urban setting.
  • To promote the generation of new business and cooperation related to urban food production and circular food economy, to identify the corporate ecosystem of food production based on the total value chain and to activate key players in cocreating new solutions and establishing pilots.
  • To develop and increase the amount of urban food production, local food production, food appreciation and biowaste sorting and to promote the increase of related competence and new cooperation models. To examine the possibilities and utilisation of the added value of biowaste. To incorporate the experiences into area and detailed planning design practices.

The novelty of the CircularHoodFood project is in the collection of data and the creation of new competence and business in urban food production by involving different operators in the development work and various pilots in a versatile manner. The project implements tangible pilots concerned with urban food production, biowaste sorting and the increase of food appreciation in both companies and residential buildings.

The project is coordinated by the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY). University of Helsinki, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and City of Vantaa are partners in the project. The project will run from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2021 and has a budget of EUR 713,056.

Further information:
Nea Metsänranta
Project Manager
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY
nea.metsanranta(at), tel. +358 50 324 6691