EdiCitNet - Edible Cities Network

Continuity of Edible City Solutions
The European project EdiCitNet, short for Integrating Edible City Solutions (ECS) for social resilient and sustainably productive cities, centres around different forms of sustainably managed urban green initiatives. ECS comprises esp. food production, with the capacity to create environmental, social, and economic benefits. Examples include community gardens, edible urban forests, and rooftop gardens.  ECS emphasise social inclusion and participatory dynamics to trigger citizens and local organizations to actively partake in the co-design of their environment. Such initiatives are appreciated because of their potential contribution to critical economic, social, and environmental challenges in cities. However, these initiatives form a yet fragmented multitude of projects which continuity is not evident.

Business models for Edible City Solutions

EdiCitNet connects, pilots, and fosters the growth, consolidation, and replication of these ECS initiatives at the local and global level.  To study options for continuity of these initiatives BMO focuses on stakeholder analysis, and the analysis and development of Business Models ECS. By making explicit and developing P(eople)P(lanet)P(rosperity)-layered Business Models for young, nascent, and maturing projects, BMO consolidates best practices concerning the economic, social and environmental benefits. As sustainable business models, ECS could create joint economic benefits, such as reduced health costs or green jobs, and ideally direct revenues from their activities. Through their multi-functionality, ECS have the capacity to make cities more sustainable, resilient, and healthier.

Objective and Impact
The overall objective is to create a global network of cities that empower their inhabitants to systematically implement ECS in their local context to improve the environmental, social, and economic situation to create new urban green businesses and jobs, strengthening the urban economic ecosystem, and fostering social cohesion. This research takes place in involved European cities the so-called Front-runner Cities (such as Rotterdam, Oslo, Andernach). The potential of this research is to leverage, contribute to maturation, next to replication of initiatives in Follower Cities. In this we work together with other organisations as small and medium-sized enterprises, public authorities, NGOs, and research institutes.

BMO will lead the analysis of stakeholder management of heterogenous ECS-projects in the Frontrunner Cities, next to the specification, classification and (search for) upgrading of their 3-layered (PPP) Business model canvas. Researchers will use diverse methods of data gathering, such as interviews and participation, to enable analysis and classification, and dissemination of best practices.