Focus-area: Urban agriculture

  • Launch of Urban Agriculture Magazine 40: Pathways towards resilient urban food systems

    Launch of Urban Agriculture Magazine 40: Pathways towards resilient urban food systems

    The 40th issue of Urban Agriculture Magazine, part-funded by the CGIAR Resilient Cities Research Initiative, showcases innovative approaches, actions, and initiatives for strengthening all aspects of urban and city region food systems. The world is facing unprecedented challenges. Sudden climate shocks and prolonged stresses are occurring more regularly, while global warming causes complex feedback loops…

  • Launch of the Urban Agriculture Magazine 39: Enabling Multiple Benefits of Urban Agriculture

    Launch of the Urban Agriculture Magazine 39: Enabling Multiple Benefits of Urban Agriculture

      The new issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine, released today by RUAF in partnership with the European Forum on Urban Agriculture (EFUA) and Rikolto, explores the critical role of urban and periurban agriculture (UPA) in addressing global challenges and its multifunctional benefits beyond food production. Amidst the global backdrop of the climate crisis and…

  • Hivos and RUAF launch Urban Futures: youth action for inclusive, climate-resilient urban food systems

    Hivos and RUAF launch Urban Futures: youth action for inclusive, climate-resilient urban food systems

    RUAF and Hivos are pleased to announce the launch of Urban Futures, a new global program working at the intersection of urban food systems, youth wellbeing, and climate action. Urban Futures will operate in intermediary cities in Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, supporting local partners and especially young people to drive more inclusive, climate-resilient…

  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture sourcebook

    Urban and peri-urban agriculture sourcebook

    The purpose of this book is to set out the key lessons learned and to provide recommendations and guidance based on existing cases and examples for a wide range of actors involved in urban food systems. In particular, the aim is for this publication to serve as a sourcebook for local decision-makers, policy advisors, urban…

  • COVID-19: a growing opportunity for community gardening in London

    COVID-19: a growing opportunity for community gardening in London

    Authors: Victoria Schoen (University of Kent) and Chris Blythe (Social Farms & Gardens) As the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, many community gardens in London stepped up as emergency food providers, despite unclear government advice on whether they could continue operating. Highlighting the flexible, community-centred approach of such gardens, as well as…

  • Next UAM: Beyond 20 years of RUAF

    Next UAM: Beyond 20 years of RUAF

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of RUAF and Urban Agriculture Magazine. Over the last two decades we have played a leading role in advancing urban food systems transformation through action and advocacy, and in knowledge brokering between science, policy and practice. Each year, more international organisations have joined the urban food policy community, bringing…

  • Handpicked podcast: Episode 6

    Handpicked podcast: Episode 6

    The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems just released the last episode of the first season in their podcast, Handpicked: Stories from the Field.  Episode 6: “We are all the shepherds of the data”: food, technology and data sovereignty Technology is changing all aspects of the food system, including how smaller-scale farmers and food producers…

  • The Gender Agenda for Agriculture in Analamanga, Madagascar

    The Gender Agenda for Agriculture in Analamanga, Madagascar

    Author: Vololontsoa Volatiana Razafindratoanina, DRAEP Analamanga Women in Analamanga (the city region of Antananarivo) face considerable disadvantages in developing and professionalising agricultural activities, but the Regional Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DRAEP) is planning initiatives to close the gender gap. Women are majority participants in the rural economy of Analamanga. They…

  • Addressing Gender Inequalities in Quito’s Food System

    Addressing Gender Inequalities in Quito’s Food System

    Author: Alexandra Rodríguez, Economic Development Agency, CONQUITO, Head of AGRUPAR Gender justice and women’s empowerment are central to Quito’s participatory urban agriculture project, AGRUPAR, both as a means of food security and nutrition and as a final goal. This article provides insights into how gender-related data informs the project, the threats faced by women farmers,…

  • A Call for Transformative Actions on Gender and Inequality

    A Call for Transformative Actions on Gender and Inequality

    The new issue of Urban Agriculture Magazine (UAM37), Gender in Urban Food Systems, is now published. The articles in this issue identify the ways in which gender and inclusivity have been neglected in urban food policy, practice and research. The editors call upon the international community to lead the way in enabling truly transformative actions…