Strengthening Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture

Building back better from Covid-19 through resilient, and inclusive food systems

Agricultural production is traditionally associated with rural areas. Consequently, urban, and peri-urban agriculture plays only a subordinate role in urban development plans, if at all. In this project, we examine the role of city planning, technological development, and civic engagement in transforming urban food systems. Through our focus on evidence-based analysis, we explore how to strengthen social and technological innovations across the spectrum of food production, processing, and consumption.
The project has two key components:
1. Conducting interdisciplinary research on social and technological innovations for sustainable food production, supply, and employment. After piloting promising innovations in collaboration with community-based partners, we work foster evidence-based policy-making at different levels, in order to further scale up and strengthen urban and peri-urban agriculture.
2. Engaging in international research collaborations to develop a broader "risk-response" matrix for urban and peri-urban food systems. A key aim in this is to highlight the close linkages between food systems and other dimensions of resilience, notably: the Covid-19 pandemic; accelerated environmental degradation; the climate crisis; desert locust threats; water scarcity; and rising social tension and conflict.
The project builds on our extensive experience in facilitating context-specific research and knowledge sharing processes, in close collaboration with local partners.

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