The future of food and urban rural linkages


The future of food and urban rural linkages

73 students and 12 lecturers from more then 40 countries participate at a UN Workshop in Rome

73 students and 12 lecturers from more then 40 countries representing the Mundus Urbano Masters Programme ( participated in the workshop „Changing rural-urban dynamics – Implications for sustainable development in a post 2015 world“ from February 8th to the 12th in Rome, Italy. The event was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and organised by the Masters Programme in Development Economics and International Cooperation (MESCI) of the University or Tor Vergata in Rome. MESCI is a partner university of the Mundus Urbano Consortium based at TU Darmstadt.

The workshop included sessions presented by university professors, international experts and government officials. During the opening session the former Italian Minister of Labour, Enrico Giovannini delivered the key-note presentation on the United Nations Global Survey for a better world ( The event represented an opportunity to explore current trends in the rural-urban nexus. It's aim was to increase knowledge and skills on the following items: bottom-up initiatives (e.g. microfinance), food security and foodsystems, Sustainable Development Goals indicators (e.g. measuring urban happiness), land management and ecosystem preservation and social issues (e.g. gender dynamics and change).

„We have to see urban and rural as two sides of the same coin. In the context of world-wide urbanisation the dynamics of cities and villages are deeply intertwined“, said TU-Darmstadt Mundus Professor Peter Gotsch, at the end of the workshop last Thursday. The day marked the final presentations of the students from both TU-Darmstadt and the other partner universities that compose the Mundus Urbano consortium: University of Rome Tor Vergata, Université Pierre Mendès (Grenoble/France) and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona/Spain).

Last year the Mundus Urbano workshop was held in Bellegarde (France) and hosted by the Mundus Urbano partner Université Pierre Mendès. The next year’s workshop is going to be organised by the Mundus Urbano partner Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, in Barcelona.

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