The project is supported by an active team of young professionals or student volunteers in France and abroad to: facilitate literature review, access to local actors, identification and analysis of initiatives with positive impact, contribute to the food systems sustainability assessment reports, and many other precious contributions!
Passionate about food issues for three years now, Alice has a complete academic background in political science in Montpellier.
After choosing to “green” her diet, she became interested in the different ways of eating well. Since September 2018, she has been assisting in writing the food system sustainability assessment reports for French cities, putting the Let’s Food Ideas platform online, coordinating volunteers and representing the association in France when the team goes on a mission abroad.
As student in Human Ecology, Claire completed a two-month internship with the association between May and June 2019. Her missions focused on agro-food companies and their approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. She greatly contributed to filling the future digital platform with beautiful and more interesting initiatives sheets!
“I learned a lot from the team, discovering all these already existing solutions to continue to believe in the transition! Thank you to all these project leaders to have all this courage!”
Clémence is a 2nd year student at the School of agronomy of Nancy, France. Very involved in the associative environment of her school and her city, she carried out a 2 months internship within the association during in the summer of 2019. She helped to feed the Let’s Food Ideas platform with exciting initiatives from the community sector in seven French cities.
“Discovering all these initiatives really gives back faith in humanity, we see that things are moving and it feels good!”
Gildas is a master’s student in international cooperation at Sciences Po Bordeaux. Passionated by agro-ecology practices, he is
doing an internship with Let’s Food from July to September 2019. He is in charge of studying the public food strategies of the 7 cities French pilot cities!
Isaac is Mexican and specialist in urban food systems, Ha has transcribed the interviews on missions 1 and 2 and helps us in the analysis of the assessment. Master in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM), policy analyst for sustainable urban transport and urban development, former collaborator at the Ministry of the Environment of Mexico, passionate about the theme of sustainable urban food.
Felipe Cortés Gaete
Felipe is a Chilean student of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. He helped us to meet many producers and helped a lot throughout the mission. 4th year of study at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, specialty oenology, Felipe is also beekeeper with his grandfather, he wants to become a biodynamic winemaker and sell locally his production.
Béatrice is French and lives in Valparaíso since December 2017. She works on social innovation and territorial development. She discovered Let’s Food Cities at the end of 2018 and offered to help keep the project going in Valparaiso. From there, she started to organize different activities: screenings, round tables with actors from SlowFood, urban parks and gardens, local cooperatives, and proposes to the Municipality to launch a working group for food sovereignty with different actors active in this topic to share initiatives and define the first steps of a local strategy! She started in April 2019 a master in “integrated city design” and works precisely on the subject of food practices in the urban space.
“When we look at the food system, it’s a whole system of practices, individual, collective, local or global, which are to be studied, and the diversity of initiatives is incredible! This is a fascinating and particularly important subject in a region of agricultural production, with high stakes of drought and improvement of conditions for local producers and the conditions of access to affordable food in a very unequal and deregulated country.”
For the past two years, Aline has been working in Vietnam for a coffee trading company, first focusing on developing an alternative direct sourcing model with Arabica farmers,and then developing various agro-services, guiding farmers towards less intensive farming models, both in terms of inputs and costs. Aline has a background which revolves around food, from its science to food systems sustainability.
Anaïs is an agronomy engineer and has lived in Saigon for 2 years. In a global context of environmental and food change, it is essential for it to facilitate the flow of knowledge: not to reinvent something that already exists elsewhere!
“This is what I like in the Let’s Food Cities approach: by dissecting food systems, it highlights the issues, ideas and solutions that exist and that can be used by all.”
Young consultant in agri / viticulture consultancy firm in the Lyon region, Lény first studied at the Institute of Geography in Grenoble. With a Master’s degree in Engineering and Territorial Development, where he focused on food related topics, he did a year of specialization at Montpellier Sup Agro on the theme of sustainable food. The Let’s Food Cities project is for him an original and relevant way of bringing together different topics, in order to converge together to the same point: to understand the food environment that surrounds us!
Gautier studied urban planning at the University of Bordeaux, and at the University of Grenoble with a degree and a Master in urban planning and development with an option in international cooperation. During his studies, Gautier studied many urban contexts such as Lausanne in Switzerland, Belgrade to Bratislava, Beirut in Lebanon or Sfax in Tunisia. It was during his semester in Lausanne that he discovered the important link between the city, nature and agriculture. It is his studies and travels that convinced him that all cities have many strenghts that can be used in the necessary transition, thus encouraging him to invest in the Let’s Food Cities project.
Emilie has a background in Environmental Engineering and Geosciences. During this master’s degree, she had the opportunity to specialize in sustainable development in Montreal. During this period of time, she became aware of the real issues of a food transition. In order to complete her training, she decided to do an internship in a communication agency whose activity is oriented around major societal issues related to public and territorial policies. The values brought by this project converge fully with those of Emilie and the hesitation was not long when it was time to become a volunteer of Let’s Food Cities!
Graduate of a Master of Geography, Territorial Management and Local Development, Maxime is currently working on the ecological transition of Darwin Ecosystem in Bordeaux. The food transition being the central topics of the Darwin festival. Interested by this question, he orients his internship on the food transition in Bordeaux and the role of a third place such as Darwin in it.
Volunteer since the creation of the association Let’s Food Cities, he follows the project with a friendly and professional eye by putting his knowledge, skills and his network at the service of the association. Because collaboration between actors has always been more interesting than competition, the project Let’s Food Cities appears to him as an intelligent lever of transition.
Orshi is a communication major at CELSA Paris-Sorbonne with a focus on project-management in the non-profit sector. She came to know the project at an early stage of the mapping of the foreign cities as she has become involved with Let’s Food Cities in Guanajuato, Mexico, where she was in charge of event-planning at the local Alliance Française. As she grew passionate about the project, recognising how inter-connected this topic is with other current issues – the climate crisis or social equality amongst others – she was happy to be able to contribute to it again in Valparaiso, Chile. There she mainly contributed by organising projections and by assisting planning further collaboration between the connected partners.
Bertrand is an agronomist and held a master’s degree in sustainable food systems. He has a wide range of experience in France and abroad: managing rural development projects (Solidarités International in Afghanistan, volunteering in Peru), studies of local initiatives and their networks (Sustainable world food systems UNESCO Chair) and advocacy for food security and agroecology (Action against Hunger, Oxfam France). He is now Project Manager at Fermes d’Avenir. Passionate about the role that local authorities can play in the agricultural and food transition, he offers his help to Let’s Food Cities project.
“I think that exchanging practices and experiences between cities can actually be a powerful lever to move forward on these issues.”