The Municipality of Rome is the City Region chosen for Italy. It represents the largest Italian municipality in term of surface (1,285 km²) and in term of agricultural areas (51,729 ha in 2000). Rome has a population of about 2,835.000 people and as municipality it has a quite long experience in short supply chain and in linking agricultural production to urban consumers in general.
The Municipality of Rome is characterized by densely populated suburbs in alternation with green areas (with presence of biodiversity cradles and important archaeological sites). Professional farming is practiced in various suburban green areas, and many others have a potential for it. Nevertheless these areas receive a continuous strong pressure from the building sector for the further edification of new suburbs. In various cases farming activities themselves play a role of strongholds for the preservation of the green areas, with their environmental and historical values. It is worth noting that, alongside professional farming, the urban area of Rome is characterized by other forms of urban agriculture, like small scale semi-subsistence farming performed by single households and neighbourhood-based initiatives of collective gardening, mainly aiming at social or recreational purposes.
With specific regard to the issues of multifunctional use of land, short food supply chains and nutrients and waste recycling, various interesting activities are taking place within the borders of the Municipality, and innovative practices are being tested in the effort to find viable ways for managing farm-based activities so close to the urban centre. The cooperative “Agricoltura Nuova” is one of the most relevant and well-established initiatives of professional farming in Rome, and it is one of the most interesting for the wide range of aspects that its activities cover. Hence, an iterative process of innovation and joint reflection can be fruitfully undertaken.
For more information, please see the Rome City Region Report
on Agrifood dynamics and governance
, and case studies on Farmer's market
, Organic and biodynamic farm
, and Delivery of fresh and processed food in Rome