ICTA-UAB to tackle Urban Food and Agriculture in the Smart City Expo World

Smart City Expo

ICTA-UAB researchers Xavier Gabarrell and Gara Villalba will participate in the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) that will be held in Barcelona on 19-21 November. In this year’s edition, SCEWC will focus on five main tracks: Digital Transformation, Urban Environment, Mobility, Governance & Finance, and Inclusive & Sharing Cities.


Xavier Gabarrell and Gara Villalba will take part in a session scheduled as part of the track on Urban Environment: “Urban Food & Agriculture: Bringing Nature Back to the City”. The session will be held on Thursday 21 November at 9:30 a.m.

As 80% of all food that is produced is already consumed in cities, and considering the current unprecedented levels of urban population growth, the activity will delve into how agriculture in cities can ensure lower emissions and higher food security. Speakers will reveal that the potential of fostering food and agriculture within urban areas is transversal and far-reaching. It brings an opportunity to strengthen urban-rural linkages, advancing not only towards smart cities but also towards smart regions.

Gara Villalba will be moderating the panel “Feeding the City while ensuring Sustainability of Urban Food Systems” and Xavier Gabarrell will be one of the speakers of the panel on “Food & Urban Agriculture Strategies”.

The Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 is held under the moto “Cities Made Of Dreams” from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 November at Fira de Barcelona.


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